Sastrugi is the name for the ripples, waves and caves that the wind forms of snow. Our Sunken Garden is the foundation of an old barn that was struck by lightning in 1990 and burned down. The wind comes sweeping across the open fields all winter dumping snow into the Sunken Garden, caught on the edge by a row of white rugosa roses which help to sculpt the snow into ever changing works of art.
The snowy shapes change and so does the light, shifting, highlighting, dimming, all day long.
It doesn’t even take a lot of snow to alter the sastrugi. The fields are wide, the wind is strong, and nature insists on being an artist.