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So… How Foggy Was It? February 18, 2008

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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The last day or so has seen a dramatic change in the weather, from night-time temps in the single digits to today’s high of around 60 degrees F. This translates into a robust sublimation of our substantial snow-pack and considerable condensation from the overlying warm air, resulting in dense fogs in every hollow.

Now it happened that I needed to get down to Mount Holyoke today on a kind of a mercy run to assist Elder Progeny, so off I headed, thinking something like,”Gee, I think I’ll take the back roads through the farms and fields and take some photos in the fog.”

Right. Take route 47, Einstein, following the eastern bank of the Connecticut River. In the fog.

The very, very dense fog.

So, you ask, just how foggy was it?

Well, at one point I slammed on the brakes as a car appeared before me, apparently at a dead stop in the middle of the road.

It took me a full thirty seconds of hurling epithets and casting various aspersions to realize that there were two red traffic lights hovering in the pall, feebly whispering “stop” to anyone who happened by wearing a pair of night vision goggles.

After that, I drove with the windows down so I could hear if there were cars approaching.

Anyway, there were periods of white-knuckling interspersed with thinnings of the fog, and during the latter episodes I pulled over repeatedly to try to capture the fleeting scenes of roadways and farmlands and trees and tobacco sheds floating in the mists.




And, of course, as the rains came through to clear the air and the day came to its preordained conclusion, a dark and brooding sunset:


All in all, it was worth a little tension in the driver’s seat, and I got a hug from Elder P. to boot!