Foggy duck morning (2)

Heavy rains flood the low-lying portion of my backyard, essentially turning it into a pond.  The ducks and geese love it.  Thick fog over the flooded yard on this early Tuesday morning created a wonderful, quiet, ethereal feeling that I tried to capture along with the delighted ducks.

Backyard, Livonia, MI
February 20, 2018
Nikon D90

 

 

 

Soft fall sunrise

There were patches of fog in the lower lying areas on this crisp fall morning.  As I drove south on Highway 77 in the Upper Peninsula the sun glowed brightly through the fog where it was thinner.  I stopped to take some photos.  I really liked how the warm brightness graduated to the cool blue sky where the fog was even thinner, and the trees were silhouetted as they fade into the distance. 

On Highway 77 near Green Haven, MI
September 29, 2017
Nikon D90

 

Morning fog in the yard

I like the peaceful glow of the morning fog.  I took this picture with a film camera to capture the deeper part of my yard fading from view with the softer image quality attributed from film images.  The distant glow is framed by the subtle tones of the trees and grass closer to me, and Hugo sticking his head through the deck spindles.

Backyard, Livonia, MI
September 16, 2017
Yashika Electro 35

As the fog thins (2)

As the fog thins (2)

When we first got to this opening in Cades Cove, the fog was thick and we could barely see even an trace of the trees at the other end.  But seemingly in the next few minutes the fog began to thin out.  Gradually, the subtle colors, pastels, of the morning began to appear.  This picture captured the essence of what I saw and felt as the scene unfolded, the fog receding.  Not a necessarily “popular” image on the mainstream photo sites, but it’s one of my favorites.  Which, really, is what is more important to me.

April 26, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

As the fog thins (1)

As the fog thins (1)

When we first got to this opening in Cades Cove, the fog was thick and we could barely see even a trace of the trees at the other end.  But seemingly in the next few minutes the fog began to thin.  Gradually, the subtle colors, pastels, of the morning began to appear.  This picture captured the essence of what I saw and felt as the scene unfolded, the fog receding.  Not a necessarily “popular” image on the mainstream photo sites, but it’s one of my favorites.  Which, really, is what is more important to me.

April 26, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

Horses in the foggy pasture (2)

Horses in the foggy pasture (2)

In the morning fog, all was very quiet in this Cades Cove pasture except the occasional turkey gobble.  The horses further out being a bit hard, the trees even further almost invisible and all part of the mystic feel of the scene.

April 26, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

Horses in the foggy pasture (1)

Horses in the foggy pasture (1)

Early morning in Cades Cove, our last photo venture before driving home, we finally got the fog we wanted the entire trip.  The horses were out in the pasture, some like this one along the fence.

April 26, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90

Early morning fog rising (2)

Early morning fog rising (2)

As the sun rose and began to touch the lower regions and valleys, it gave a soft backglow to a bank of trees.  The soft morning fog of the Smokies forming added a mystical mood to the scene unfolding.  It was yet another reminder to me of the ever changing grandeur of our natural world and that this scene will be different seconds from now.  But I couldn’t help but focus on a particular tree.

April 23, 2015.  Foothills Parkway, Smokie Mountains, TN     Nikon D90

 

Bands of Smokies

Bands of Smokies

Shortly after sunrise with the soft lighting touching the tops of the ridges, the distance between the Smokies created these bands of color that soften with each mountain top as we see farther and farther.

April 23, 2015.  Foothills Parkway, Smokie Mountains, TN     Nikon D90