Embrace #photography

Foggy mornings always thrill me. It’s the thought of going outside and not knowing what’s out there because I can’t quite see everything. I can hear sounds, but not seeing what’s causing them can sometimes send a shiver down my spine. It may say 08:00 on my watch, but it’s almost like going out in the middle of the night; only into a blackness which has lost its colour.

Allow me to present to you, one of my favourite photos.

Eerie Morning

Taken by me, I love the way the fog embraces everything. It’s as if it’s wrapping itself around everything to keep off the chill it brings. For me, this photo shows me hope, excitement, but also warmth. I like to embrace every new day, not just because I’ve woken up. but because foggy mornings always seem to embrace me back.

Of course, not everyone will embrace the fog, or allow it to embrace them. It can cause no end of problems with travel and, sometimes, can even bring something terrifying with it.

This is my entry for the Sunday Stills Photo challenge which, this week, has the theme of embrace (selected by me). Thank you to Terri for allowing me to put forward some themes for the challenge.

What do you like to embrace, or what does embrace mean to you? Join the challenge by clicking here.

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63 comments

  1. I love fog and the mysterious atmosphere it creates. Your picture is quite haunting. It’s not easy to get the right feel in fog photos!

  2. Hi Hugh
    I’m good with the fog. I live near the coast so we have many foggy mornings. In some places in California, the Tully fog is so thick that when a car first drives into it it looks as though the car is being swallowed up. When the car comes out the other end of the fog bank it shoots out in a poofy cloud and then the fog covers the hole again. Am I making any sense? I hope so, cause it’s really cool to see.
    I love your photo.

    1. Was it as scary as the movie “The Fog, Marje? When I first watched the movie, it terrified me. Now, given the chance, I’m out in the fog and soaking up its secrets. I agree, though, driving in it is scary.

  3. Wonderful photo, Hugh. I usually embrace the fog from comfortably peering out of our front window. Good on you for going outdoors to experience the fog close up!

  4. I love the fog, too. Sometimes on a little winding highway I take to work, the trees are covered in fog and I forget all about what Tim eI’m going to get to work and if I’ll find parking…

  5. Ooo… marvelous, Hugh. They always talk/write about “the fog rolling in”… I’ve only seen it actually do that one time. I lived in the country in an area with lots of little hills. I was in the car at the top of one little hill, and in the distance — looking at a spot where several little hills came together… I saw it! The fog rolling in. It really did roll. It was amazing. Have a terrific Tuesday. Hugs.

    1. The way it rolls in can be quite creepy, Teagan. It’s a beautiful site, though. Here, today, we’ve got clear blue skies and sunshine. It’s low 70s. On the other side of the bay, they have sea fog and a temperature of low 50s. It’s amazing to stand one side of the bay and see the difference on the other side. The trouble is, you never quite know which side of the bay the fog is going to take.
      Hugs to you.

  6. We had a similar experience as Liesbet. Driving a large motorhome through fog, then it cleared to see a car not too far away. Luckily we weren’t travelling far and the old girl had good brakes!! I am sure the driver in front was over joyed that she did when he looked in the rear vision mirror 🙂 Love the shot of the tree, Hugh!

  7. When we lived right by Heathrow I loved foggy mornings when I walked to the bus stop at 6am; it was so quiet, every sound dampened, not to mention flights grounded. That scenario inspired one of my short stories, what if you had no idea where you were in the fog and never found the bus stop…

  8. Great video, Hugh. Jaws was my all time scariest movie, but that one might come in second 🙂
    Beautiful picture. I love the fog. There’s something about not knowing what’s on the other side of the veil 🙂

    1. I remember seeing Jaws for the first time, too, Aimer. That shocking moment when an arm dropped to the seabed. The tension in that movie was electrifying.
      Yes, the fog hides everything, doesn’t it? Good or bad, it’s hidden.

  9. I love the special atmosphere fog brings, but only temporarily! It produces great shots, like yours, mysterious… But, as you mentioned, fog can be quite dangerous and scary. A trip on our sailboat, in the fog in East Coast waters, comes to mind. For hours on end, all we could hear was our own fog horn; all we could see was… nothing.

    1. Wow, Liesbet, that must have been a scary experience. Almost like something out of a scary movie, not knowing what’s out there. That’s what I like about the fog. It protects and hides everything – good or bad. A perfect ingredient in scary stories.

  10. Great shot, Hugh. I love fog, too. Here, on the island, it twists and curls through the cedar forest like ghostly fingers. I’ve never seen anything like it before.
    Love your pic!

  11. Fog is kind of amazing! When we get our winter fog that hangs over the central valley it even muffles any sounds you would normally hear. Great photo, Hugh, and love that fog “embraces” us. But scary according to your video! Thanks for the great theme, Hugh and for playing along with #SundayStills!

    1. I remember watching that movie for the first time, Terri. It really frightened the life out of me. I only wish they still made them like that, instead of all the blood and gore we now usually get.
      I’m really enjoying the revival that you’ve given Sunday Stills, Terri. Thanks so much for bringing it back.

  12. Having grown up on the Ne England coast, I am very well acquainted with fog – and I love it. The silence, the isolation until something emerges from it, the feeling of being wrapped in a blanket. And you always know it will burn off. Great photo for the word embrace, Hugh.

    1. Thank you, Noelle. I was certainly thinking out of the box with this one.
      I can remember when we used to get foggy days that lasted all day. We don’t seem to get many of those anymore. We used to have foghorns as well, that would sound once every minute to warn ships of the coastline. They too seem to have disappeared. I guess because ships now have instruments that warn of any rocks or coastline when it’s foggy.

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