Gayle Madwin (queerbychoice) wrote,
Gayle Madwin

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Tule Fog

Way back in May 2005, when I bought my first digital camera, one of the things I wanted to take pictures of was tule fog. Growing up in the Sacramento area and now living in Marysville, I have never lived apart from tule fog. Driving from Sacramento (or rather, from one of its suburbs, Rancho Cordova) to Marysville to see Susan when we were dating, I drove through sixty miles of tule fog each week. Tule fog is a very thick blanket of fog that covers the entire California Central Valley for much of the winter. From December through February, hardly a night passes without tule fog rolling in after the sun sets, although some days it burns off quickly enough at sunrise that you may never notice it if you don't have a reason to go outside in the middle of the night. In January, it often lingers till nearly noon, thickly enough that you can hardly see across the street. In January, even when it does burn off at ground level, it tends to linger up above, obscuring the sun in an undifferentiated gray. People with seasonal affective disorder hate it. But I don't have seasonal affective disorder, so I've always rather loved the fog. Though I don't so much love driving through it - but I'm sufficiently used to it by now that it's not that bad.

Anyway, I was disappointed to find that my first digital camera wasn't capable of rendering fog accurately. My pictures of fog all came out showing individual water drops in the air, which made them look not so much like fog as like . . . well, you tell me. Here's one of the pictures I took long ago with my old digital camera.

An unexpected benefit of my new digital camera is that it can take pictures of fog. So one morning earlier this month, I took pictures of fog. Look! Fog! Fog as it actually looks in real life! My new digital camera has allowed me to capture fog at long last!

A truck turning a corner in the fog!

Another truck turning a corner in the fog!

The end of this street goes up and over the levee, but the fog is so thick you can hardly tell.

Now it's even harder to tell, because now I'm standing farther away from the levee.

This street is only one block long, and there is a house facing down it from the other end, but the fog is so thick you can't even tell there's a house there.

In conclusion: fog! Lots and lots and lots of fog!

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