September 23, 2013
A Foggy Farm Morning
Last Friday, I awoke to a foggy world. Because I live in close proximity to the Cross River Reservoir, early morning fog and mist are commonplace in this area. Fog forms because the water temperature of the reservoir is colder than the air passing over it. If the air is cooled sufficiently, and if there is no wind blowing, the water vapor in the air starts to condense, forming a thick layer of fog. I find it quite beautiful and I love photographing shrouded mornings.
1 On Friday morning, the atmosphere was thick with fog. This is a view from my kitchen door.
2 Everything looked so mysterious through the foggy blanket.
3 The carport and the apple espalier
4 This is the corn crib and the alley between paddocks.
5 The far end of the long pergola disappeared in the fog.
6 The fluffy bald cypress trees were iced with dew.
7 The uprights of the pergola are supports for assorted blue-flowering clematis, which are pretty much dormant now.
8 However, the ends of the pergola are covered with the intricate blooms of Passiflora incarnata, or passion flower, a perennial vine.
9 Looking back towards the carport and my house beyond
10 A view of the greenhouse and the fenced in cutting garden
11 Looking into the cutting garden
12 There are four tall, metal garden structures upon which morning glory Ipomoea purpurea have thrived this summer.
13 Looking down the length of the pin oak allee
14 And across the lawn towards the corn crib and the quince trees before it
15 There are three matching finials atop the roof of the equipment barn.
16 Tall white pines through the fog
17 The boxwood allee was covered with sheets of spiderwebs.
18 Spiders who weave sheets like this are in the family known as Linyphiidae.
19 Linyphiidae makes a horizontal dense sheet web with a lot of non-adhesive threads above it. If an insect flies against a thread it tumbles onto the sheet below.
20 Sheet web spiders usually remain upside-down on the underside of their trap-like web. The spider bites from below, pulls the trapped insect through the web, and wraps it in silk for later consumption.
21 The stable through the fog
22 Another alley between paddocks
23 Francesca and Sharkey were mesmerized by the fog.
24 A grove of beautiful beech trees
25 You can see that the sun was beginning to burn off the fog.
26 Looking across the paddock up towards my house
27 The stable courtyard is decorated with four large tree ferns, which will soon be placed in the greenhouse along with the other tropical plants for the winter.
28 Tall trees on the edge of a hayfield
29 Looking from the hayfield towards the stable
30 As the sun rose higher, the fog quickly dissipated.
31 More and more trees became visible
32 Sun rays through the fog
33 In just a few more minutes, the fog was gone and the sky, a cloudless blue!