Earlier this week we had an entire day with heavy fog, so I thought it would be a fun time to go out and take photos. First I tried shooting our driveway, but it wasn’t quite foggy enough. I really like my red bows though, don’t you? I think this will be prettier when we have snow.
I knew the metropark would have denser fog because of the 500 acre lake in the middle of it, so I headed over there with one of my red bows tucked in my camera bag. And I was not disappointed….
The lake was virtually invisible, even when I was standing on the beach a few yards away from the shore. Not much to photograph there other than the 182 gulls resting and preening. (Yes, I actually counted them. It’s one of the hazards of being an eBirder…you feel the need to count birds everywhere you go!)
Next I walked over to the golf course, one of the few areas of the park I’d never visited before. And this is where I got my best shots — and had the best experience too. It was the first time I’d ever walked in such heavy fog and I found it eerie and exciting. Firstly, it was quiet. Very quiet. Sort of like after a heavy snowfall, but somehow different. The air was very similar though, so damp and heavy. But the fact that I couldn’t see very far around me added another dimension to the experience. My area of vision was limited to a circle of maybe 50 yards diameter. As I walked, this imaginary circle moved with me and things disappeared as if they were slowly being erased. I could see vague outlines of trees in the distance and watch them become more defined as I got closer. It was so surreal.
This is why I brought the bow along….isn’t it pretty?
After about 90 minutes of fun in the fog, with hair damp and frizzed out, I headed home. On my way out of the park I spotted 25 turkeys heading into the trees to roost. They’re always skittish birds, so I snapped this one quickly without getting out of the car. I didn’t want to scare them as they were settling down for the night. It was a pretty awesome sight though.