Montana Outdoors

January 13, 2010

Foggy day

Filed under: Fog, Montana, Nature, Outdoors — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 8:27 pm

Each person, it seems, has a somewhat different reaction to fog. Personally I like it, though I get concerned for those who must drive in it. Today was a wonderful day for a walk in the fog.

Foggy day

Foggy day

Foggy day

Foggy day

(Interestingly, the first three photos were taken facing the sun, the last facing directly away from it.)



  1. the sun shows just how dense the fog is… would definitely make for very dangerous driving. as usual beautiful photos!


    Comment by kcjewel — January 13, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

    • It was dense, but very pleasant for a hike. Would have been a wonderful day were it in late August!


      Comment by montucky — January 13, 2010 @ 11:09 pm

  2. Wow… thick fog…
    I don’t like driving in the stuff…but getting cool pictures in the fog – now that’s fun!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — January 13, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

    • I don’t mind driving in it personally except at night. I really do enjoy trying for pictures in fog, especially with the trees.


      Comment by montucky — January 13, 2010 @ 11:13 pm

  3. It certainly lends itself to some soft, evocative, moody photos. As you know, we seldom get fog down here. I’d love to be able to take some photos in it but, you’re right, driving in it can be very scary.


    Comment by Candace — January 14, 2010 @ 12:51 am

    • Folks have mixed feeling about fog here. If it stays around for too long it can be a little depressing for those who stay indoors most of the time because it sure cuts out the light. If the Forest Service roads are not ice-covered, it’s possible to get up above it and see it from above while in bright sun. I love it when that’s available!


      Comment by montucky — January 14, 2010 @ 11:05 am

  4. it’s very interesting what a change in direction made …


    Comment by setole — January 14, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

    • I was very interested in that too. Something to remember and think about for future photos.


      Comment by montucky — January 14, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

  5. I like fog a lot, especially when I’m walking. Sometimes when we’re driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the low clouds or actual ground fog get so thick, we can’t see the road. Then, fog isn’t so great.



    Comment by knightofswords — January 14, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

    • I bet it can get really pretty in the Smoky Mountains, with those beautiful hardwoods peeking through!


      Comment by montucky — January 14, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

  6. It is wonderful to see the fog rising in the valleys, but only when you are not driving in that soup.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — January 14, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

    • Fog that’s soup like is never fun. We also occasionally get freezing fog, which is just plain nasty to drive in. Sure leaves interesting decorations behind though.


      Comment by montucky — January 14, 2010 @ 4:29 pm

  7. I love the ghostly images of the trees in the background in that first photo. Now you see them and now you don’t. I am one of those who wants to smack the weatherman when he forcasts rain and fog and assumes that everyone is going to hate it. I LOVE both for days on end… have to admit that I don’t especially like driving in either.


    Comment by SuzieQ — January 14, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

    • Weather people make the darndest assumptions. Last August I saw one forecast some “bad weather” which turned out to be badly needed rain. Kind of a disconnect, if you ask me.


      Comment by montucky — January 14, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

  8. Really beautiful shots.The second is spectacular.



    Comment by Jeff Lynch — January 14, 2010 @ 7:36 pm

  9. I love fog (a good thing, as I live in SF!). It’s so moody and quieting. Your 2nd & 3rd photos are especially nice.


    Comment by Adam R. Paul — January 14, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

    • I’ve liked it wherever I’ve lived. It makes a lot of different scenes more intriguing.


      Comment by montucky — January 14, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

  10. Ooooh – love a good fog.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — January 15, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

    • We’ve had a lot of fog this winter, perhaps it is in lieu of snow.


      Comment by montucky — January 15, 2010 @ 8:23 pm

  11. Hello Terry! Your photos have an ethereal quality to them. Love them all. I am especially drawn to photos of trees, so you have a winning combination! 😀

    I have done a lot of white-knuckle driving in fog when I drove school bus for all those years in WA State. It was especially worrisome because of my “tender cargo.” Yet, when you can get photos like this, it is glorious!

    Those Forest Service (or logging) roads that allow you access can be quite disturbing if you are driving them (as vs hiking)in dense fog. Keep up the good work. We are all sitting on the edge of our seat wondering what you will next present! 😀 We appear to be having spring, hopefully, for the next week. Up to 60 degrees today!


    Comment by Iona — January 15, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

    • Hi Iona! I love trees too: always have. The fog just gives a different way to view them.

      We got ip to 47° today. It’s a crazy winter. Actually, one of the coldest in years all told, but then there are times like this. Of course, spring comes earlier there, doesn’t it?


      Comment by montucky — January 15, 2010 @ 10:43 pm

      • Hello again! It was a year ago next week that we had the horrid Ice Storm where we were without power for, if I remember correctly, 11 days. Looked like a bomb went off in our area.

        I remember before I left the WA/ID area, we always had 2 weeks of warm weather the middle of Feb which was a preview of Spring.

        Down here in the South, when it starts to turn warmer, it pretty well keeps on getting warmer with some brief interruptions.

        I failed to say earlier when I saw your photo of what was behind you when you shot the other photos, I leaned that on last year’s photo challenge. One of the others said to always look behind you when you have finished snapping what you might consider a breathtaking scene. They were right, weren’t they? When the scenes change so rapidly, like at a sunset or sunrise, sometimes what is behind you is just as, if not more, dramatic that what you had first shot.


        Comment by Iona — January 15, 2010 @ 11:58 pm

        • Usually here, January and February are the coldest months, then March starts to warm up and we see temps above freezing. This year… who knows what will happen!

          As far as looking behind you, that’s so true! Light is everything and when it is changing you can seldom predict where the next great scene will be.


          Comment by montucky — January 16, 2010 @ 12:09 am

  12. my first thought was how eerie the hike must have been. then seeing the photo away from the sun makes it all the more interesting!


    Comment by silken — January 16, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

    • I really do like to hike in fog. Perhaps the limited visability makes me focus more on what can be seen.


      Comment by montucky — January 16, 2010 @ 10:31 pm

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