Saturday, January 30, 2010

An unusual morning


On the short list of things I miss about living at the beach, fog ranks near the top. Not to be confused with those grey days that are now referred to as May Gray, or June Gloom, but honest to goodness, thick as pea soup fog.

Once in a blue moon (figuratively), I'll see fog here in my little part of the world. I've seen it roll down the Rio Grande, and from here it looks like a giant white caterpillar crawling along the mesa below us. This morning I watched it come up the mountain towards me, like it knew I didn't really want to be up this early and it was pulling the covers back over my head. I stepped outdoors to take this photo and the instant the air hit my skin, it brought back memories of a nine year old girl growing up in East L.A. and having the special treat of ice skating in the Paramount ice rink.

So for now...onward through the fog. Have a good weekend.

10 comments:

swamericana said...

Good photograph and story. I like the beach, too.

Robyn said...

Can't imagine life without fog!!

You grew up in East LA? Ok, I have a question for you...did you ever hear of/eat grinders?

Taos Sunflower said...

Hi Robyn: I don't recall hearing of grinders until I was an adult. I ate mostly Mexican food growing up, and other than a trip to the local burrito stand, we only very rarely ate in restaurants...so they might have been around and I just wasn't aware. How cool to be questioned for your study! XXX

Sea Mist and Sunsets said...

Hi Martie,
Love this photo and all your other recent pieces. Just catching up. FOG memories...OH Yeah. Here in WA folks get cranky about the occasional fog and it tickles me. I grew up in the San Joaquin Valley in CA with Tule Fog. The local name for fog so thick it's become famous for those multi-car pile-ups on the freeways. It was brutal and I DO NOT miss it. Hard to see past the nose of your car some days. Love the WA fog. Has a dreamy look to it.

Taos Sunflower said...

Hi Chris: Tule fog is legendary...I have friends in the Fresno area who still bemoan it. Spent a lot of time up in Hayfork (Trinity Alps) when I was in my early twenties, so we drove up highway 99 a lot. When I think of fog in the NW, I think of green and tall trees and a dreamy sort of thing. Envious!

Kim said...

Great photo. And fog in Nova Scotia is just standard. lol

Taos Sunflower said...

Kim: You just reminded me that we made a late night drive from the Moncton airport to Amherst in the fog...having never been there before, it was pretty challenging but a good part of the adventure. PS Fog is great for your skin!

RuthieJ said...

Sounds like you're having the same sort of unusual winter weather we had a couple weeks ago too! Fog in January in Minnesota is so unusual, but it provided us some beautiful frosty etchings on all the tree branchess and dead wildflower stems in my gardens.

Taos Sunflower said...

Yes, it was truly unusual. That morning all the trees and plants were just barely kissed with hoar frost, and when I drove down to Seco, along the road,the willows and cottonwoods were covered with it also..it was just magical and I could have shot myself for not having my good camera with me. Ah, those brief snapshots in our lifetimes!

dyedreams said...

Thanks for sharing this picture. So peaceful and serene.

~StephanieG