Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Fog is Rising

We've had a few foggy days and nights over the past couple of weeks...

foggy street recycle day
Let us go in; the fog is rising. ~ Emily Dickinson
This is how morning looked on our street last Tuesday. You can tell it was trash and recycle day but there's not much more to see beyond that. Unless of course we head into the park.

foggy scene
Mystery magnifies danger, as a fog the sun. ` Charles Caleb Colton
Fog is disorienting. It took me a moment to figure out exactly where this photo was snapped, even though I walk these paths almost every day. And of course, I took the picture. It's on the way toward the dock.

misty dock daytime
It is not the clear-sighted who rule the world. Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm fog. ~ Joseph Conrad
The dock at our local park. The weeping willow is beginning to wear its spring green, which of course, hardly shows in this mist.

foggy night on the dock
At night the fog was thick and full of light, and sometimes voices. ~ Erin Bow
We've also had our share of foggy nights. This is the same dock as seen in the previous photo.

foggy dock
The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the windowpanes. ~ T.S. Eliot
The pond is on the left but is completely obscured by nighttime and fog.

frank halo
Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us. ~ Henri Matisse
Not a sharp image by any means but I still like how it turned out. Frank looks like he's got his halo on - that devil!

foggy night park path
The park is filled with night and fog,
The veils are drawn about the world. ~ Sara Teasdale
To the left, the path leads to the dock. Behind us - home. Ahead - the foggy unknown. Thanks for entering the fog with me.


Russell said...

I love, love, love fog and photographs. As you know, light is everything when it comes to photography. (Well, okay, there are a few other things but you know what I mean.)

I also find night photos to be extremely inviting. So seeing these, well ... you can imagine my response!

If I went through why I like each photo it would take about two hours and waaaay too much space - but these are just incredible.

You could easily do an entire exhibition at an art gallery of photos like these. Taking night pictures if quite difficult and you have done a beyond excellent job with these images.

Can't say enough good things about these! Take care.

Steve Gravano said...

I agree with Russell, this is a wonderful collection of photographs and quotes. The muted colors in the third image give everything this fragile or delicate feeling. The night photos are all worthy of mystery novel covers.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Amazing images. I like the first one with those bright blue recycle boxes.Of course fog has a way of making an ordinary scene look beautiful.

Sueann said...

Beautiful images Hilary!! I love the night shots...fabulous!!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

oh, right, Great Lake = GREAT FOG :)

Unknown said...

Ooo, I love these, especially the night shots.

Unknown said...

4th from the bottom!

Suldog said...

I like fog, a lot. It's romantic and mysterious. The only thing I don't like is driving in it, as that's life-threatening, but a walk in it is lovely.

Out on the prairie said...

What a fun medium to use for your imagery

Unknown said...

so love those evening fog shots Hilary! Outstanding!

Christine said...

Your night shots always inspire me :) I think my favorite is the recycle street shot, there is something about the contrast of those ugly bins on the beautiful foggy street that is so captivating <3

Anonymous said...

As you probably know, I do love fog photos. Yours are gorgeous!

Daryl said...

lovely .. I am a big fan of foggy shots .. and that devil of man looks practically saintly

TexWisGirl said...

i do love how you can lose your way so easily in the fog - even on the most familiar of routes. :)

Red said...

Great shots in the fog! You had to do a lot of work to get these shots. Pictures with people in the gloom are my favorites.

messymimi said...

Fog is fun, as long as you don't have to drive in it.

Unknown said...

Fog obscures our vision: yet it, in itself, is a sight to see.


Cheryl Kohan said...

These are terrific photos, Hilary. That dock is just beautiful in the fog but my favorite is the last pic. And don't tell Frank I said this, but he's kinda spooky lookin' in that shot...halo or no halo!!

stephen Hayes said...

Great pictures, and I've always loved T.S. Elliot's comparison of fog to a cat. Many of your pictures suggest something unusual is about to happen.

stephen Hayes said...

Great pictures, and I've always loved T.S. Elliot's comparison of fog to a cat. Many of your pictures suggest something unusual is about to happen.

Shrinky said...

Hilary, these are breathtaking - I truly believe these may well be some of your best ever work yet, and with the bar already set so high, that's high praise, indeed.

Some of these are mesmorising - I am going back to drink them in more..

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

You sure did capture the fog in all it's moods beautifully there girl.

I'm in awe over these most professional quality pictures.

God bless ya and have yourself a blissful kinda day my friend! :o)

Mental P Mama said...

I love fog. Love it! Unless I'm driving....

Friko said...

I am very fond of fog, there's something so mysterious and mellow about it and the whole world is silenced.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

The street becomes as mysterious as the dock when both are shrouded in fog.
Sadly, most of our fog here is the result of serious air inversions: fog/smog. I miss the truly natural stuff that settles down over a meadow at midnight.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Well, Russell said it all; so I'll just say how much I like the night photo of the dock...the one with the Erin Bow quote.

Gillian Olson said...

I like the foggy pictures and the very apt foggy quotes. Fog has the ability to change a scene most remarkably, especially at night.

Country Girl said...

Out and out gorgeous, girl. Seriously!

Slamdunk said...

I enjoyed the photos Hilary.

Those night fog shots seem to want to tell a story.

We live between a river and an old graveyard and fog is a regular visitor when the temps warm up.

Have a super weekend.

Shammickite said...

Out and about in the foggy foggy dew. Weird weather we've been having recently.

Scott Law said...

I'm a huge fan of fog shots and that bottom one especially qualifies for POTW in my mind. Great shots!

Indrani said...

Excellent fog captures. Each one seems to be mysterious!

lime said...

fog makes for such a mood in photos, doesn't it? and you capture it so well here. i think i especially like the night shots.

Reb said...

Fog is wonderful, as long as you are not trying to drive in it. I like how the blue boxes stand out so well in the first photo, but the night fog is so pretty.

Barbara said...

I have tried and tried to capture photos of the fog, but mine never come out this beautiful! Love the first ones of the dock the most. The night ones are creepily wonderful!

Lisa said...

Stunning series of images. I love the fog and havent captured very much of it. Maybe a handful so when I see it I really see the beauty.

Pauline said...

You take such gorgeous photos. I've always got a story or a poem rattling around in my head as I look at them.

Thank you for your kind comment on my friend Peter's ( blog!

Glo said...

Very atmospheric photos and I could nearly hear some eerie yet haunting music in the background. Superb photos with perfect quotations, Hilary. Much enjoyed.

Anvilcloud said...

Yes! The man in the fog near the end. Excellent.

Tiago Braga said...

WOW :O I love the effect of the fog and the mist on your photos, but let me tell you the 3 and 4 photos are PERFECT, the ligth, the contracts, the angle fantastic, beleive me LOVE IT

BIg Kiss

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Mysterious, enchanting, I love these! The colors of the tree in that third photo, through the perfection!

Merisi said...

Soft and mysterious images!
The blue recycling bins remind me of home.

I don't remember fog in spring. Either I have never encountered it then or it was not as memorable as in your pictures.

Joanna Jenkins said...

The fog makes everything look so mysterious and beautiful.

Weeping Willows are one of my favorite sign to watch for in Spring-- I love that fresh green color they start to sprout :-)

Have a great weekend. xo jj

SandyCarlson said...

Oh, man, what you do with your camera. I stand in awe of you and what you create. Aazing.

Lynne with an e said...

Such atmospheric mystery you've captured with your photos. I feel I could get lost wandering into them, like entering a really good chapter in the middle of a novel.

Hilary said...

• Russell, you're much too kind. Thank you so much for such a generous and effusive compliment. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, Steve. That's very kind of you. :)

• Thanks, Ruth. Fog changes everything for me. Gotta love it. :)

• SueAnn, thank you kindly. :)

• Gary, too funny and too true. :)

• Thanks kindly, ZeldaMom. :)

• Suldog, I have to agree.. on all counts. It's like walking in the clouds. :)

• Steve, thanks very much. I'm glad you enjoyed. :)

• Reena, thank you so kindly. :)

• Christine, thanks so much. I'm so pleased that you think so. :)

• Thanks so much, Lady Fi. :)

• Daryl, thanks. He can be a bit of both. He's a Gemini, you see (like I am). ;)

• Tex, I'll let you in on a little secret. I don't need fog to get lost. ;)

• Red, thank you. The shot of Frank was a lucky snap. He was approaching the light at just the right time. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

• Agreed, MessyMimi. :)

• Susan, nicely put. Thank you. :)

• Cheryl, he took a look at the image and said that he kind of spooked his own self. "Ominous" was how he put it. :)

• Thanks kindly, Stephen. Elliot was quite the cat lover, wasn't he. Fog lover too, I suppose. :)

• Shrinky, you're much too kind. Thank you so much for such a lovely comment. :)

• Thanks so much, Nezzy. You're kind words are always very much appreciated. :)

• MPM, I couldn't argue with you on that. :)

• Very true, Friko. It's similar to a snowfall in that way.. but you stay dryer. ;)

Hilary said...

• KC, it's a beautiful thing when you see it first coming in off of the water. I've only been witness to that once and I found it mesmerizing. Thanks for your visit. :)

• Linda, thanks so much. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Gillian, it's fascinating just how much changes with a little bit of fog. The whole landscape is different for those few hours. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks so much, Kate. :)

• Slamdunk, thank you. I'll bet your area sure takes on a mysterious mood when the fog rolls in. :)

• Shammy, it's weird indeed. Kind of wonderful, too. :)

• Scott, thank you so kindly. That means a lot to me. :)

• Thank you, Indrani. I'm glad you enjoyed. :)

• Lime, it does indeed. I always think in terms of snow changing the landscape faster than anything but I'd be wrong. Fog wins, hands down. Thanks for your kind words. :)

• Reb, thanks so much. At first, I thought "Ugh.. trash/recycle day.. way to ruin a shot" but that was unfair. It adds its own element to the image. Thanks kindly for noticing that. :)

• Barbara, thank you so much. Do keep on trying. I'm certain that you'll manage some fine shots. :)

• Lisa, thanks so much. I'm happy to share mine with you. :)

• Pauline, if you ever feel the urge to write a story or poem to accompany any of my photos, I would be thrilled. You're welcome to them, anytime. :)

• Glo, thank you so much. You can imagine how disconcerting that music was when I was out walking in it. ;)

• AC, thanks so kindly. The man in the fog (Frank) appreciates your comment, too. :)

• Tiago, thank you so kindly. Very much appreciated. :)

• Elizabeth, thank you so much, my friend. I so wished it wasn't raining the evening you visited. I would have loved to have shown you and Eddie the area. :)

• Merisi, thank you kindly. No blue bins in Vienna? :)

• Joanna, I know what you mean. I've referred to that colour as "virgin green" when the trees are so soft and yellow-green - and new. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Sandy, you're too kind. Thank you for that. :)

• Louciao, thank you so much. Such a lovely thing to say. I'll turn the page for you. :)

Betty Manousos said...

i really love these foggy shots, hilary! my favourite is the last one.

thanks so much for sharing this great collection of fog photos.

big hugs!

Dave said...

I enjoyed your fog photos Hilary. Also the well lighted photos looked great. I must try this some time - Dave

Unknown said...

How beautifully you have wed the photos to the authors, Hilary! So well done!! :)

Merisi said...

different system here, they items are collected already sorted in various bins, there are plastic, glass, metals, paper, and compost bins. ;-)