We wrote this and posted it on our Facebook page on March 9 along with a picture of Valhalla (our 'newer' high tunnel) and lots of snow. With some seasonal temperatures, we have seen a significant reduction in the snow pack at our farm since then. But, we still have some snow where the largest drifts collected this year.
|It doesn't look like much in this picture, but trust me, there's lots of snow there.|
I decided to climb up onto the drift, figuring it would do a bit more to illustrate how tall they were. The snow was well-packed, so I wasn't worried about sinking in. But, I was in for a treat in new perspectives on our farm.
You might need a little bit of information to fully appreciate what you are seeing in these pictures. The bush line at the left consists of Wild Plum and Highbush Cranberry. The bush line towards the back of the picture is Ninebark. All of these were planted in 2006 and are well-established by now. At a guess, the Ninebark are 8-10 feet tall. The Wild Plum are probably 15-20 feet tall and the Highbush Cranberries...
Well, you can't see most of them here. Because they are mostly under the snow. And, they are easily as tall or taller than the Ninebark. Huh.
As I walked down the drift to the East, I found many Highbush Cranberry bushes sticking out of the drift, bent over by the weight of the snow. A few have finally been released and were slowly snapping back to a mostly vertical orientation.
Yep, these were some serious drifts. Ok, they still ARE serious drifts.
I turned around for a few pictures facing West and found that I was being escorted by the Inspector and Soup. It is early Spring and they are both hungry for more human time than they've been getting for much of the Winter. They will soon get their fill of us and will go back to mostly ignoring us when we're outside, as cats are wont to do.
This picture doesn't really give you an idea of how tall the drifts are. In fact, if you do not know what you are seeing, you might be tempted to say that the bushes are only four to five feet tall and the ground is not so far down from our perch. So, I made sure to get some other pictures that might give you more of an idea as to what is going on here.
|Yeah. My head was higher than the top of the high tunnel.|
Except where the drifts live at the Genuine Faux Farm.