Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Snow...Beauty and Beast

We have our power and telecommunications back online after last week's snow storm.  The 12 inches of wet, heavy snow took a large toll on the trees all along Chestnut Ridge Road and across many portions of the sanctuary.  There will be a lot of cleaning up to do in the coming weeks as we get a chance to cut broken limbs and remove fallen trees from the lawn, parking lot, and the trails.

Despite the destruction (and back pain from all the shoveling) there was an undeniable beauty to the landscape as it was completely draped in snow.  Below are some of the pictures taken Friday afternoon and Saturday morning after the snow had stopped falling.  Click on the images for larger views.

A thick layer of snow coating every branch and twig

A spruce tree folded up like a closed umbrella

Home tweet home covered in snow

Snow-covered scene in front of the Naturalist's cottage

The Sugarhouse blanketed in snow

Spruce tree branches bending from the weight of the snow

A bench upholstered in a thick cushion of snow

A quiet (and powerless) museum

-Adam Zorn, Naturalist

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