How to #Square Up and Clear Up Sunday’s Still’s Preoccupation with Fog and Clouds

Heads Up

These bloggers are incorruptible, so I’m going to face their preoocupations head on and give them something to chat up. I’m happy #Hobbyblogging!

First the Fog

Today is mine. Tomorrow is none of my business. If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required of me now!

 Elisabeth Elliot

Searching through my archives sent me back to December 11, 2012 a few minutes after 8:00 am to find these extreme foggy day photos. Sometimes you have to pull off the road and enjoy the scenery. In this case there wasn’t any, so I enjoyed that, too.

All of these photos fit into Terri’s Sunday Stills theme and they are all squared up, so Becky B will have to bat her eyes to try to clear them up. Warning: There is nothing wrong with your eye sight.

I think this shot also applies to Cee’s CBWC – Vanishing Point, too except that you have to imagine that the point vanishes somewhere out there in the wild gray yonder. I can sort of see it. Can you?

All the rest of the foggy day pictures are from the same day. I liked these pictures because in the fog the cultivated field looked like a very choppy sea or river to me. I walked on the “water” to get a better picture. It crunched beneath my feet. If only someone had been with me to capture the moment. What a loss!

As the sun started to break through the fog, you could begin to see the peaks of the Sierra Nevada. There’s Sawtooth!

Of course you see it, don’t you?

It wasn’t long, as I waited, and the sun came out a little more leaving streaks of fog like layers of sandstone. The ground lost it’s choppy water look. Nobody would have believed me anyway.

You never realized how thick your fog was until it lifted.

 J.R. Ward

Now the Clouds

“Ever changing clouds paint portraits on the sky, and each person sees a different image.”

 Rhonda Savage Thompson

In the mile-high city of Prescott, AZ, we live in the clouds rather than under them. They are not painting a picture today as they do in other seasons. They are full of snow. Especially today. The Weather Bureau calls it a “Winter Weather Alert!” I call it a blizzard. Listen to the euphonious video Vince just took of the wind. Imagine flying in these clouds!

Just two of us
In the blizzard
Blanketed with cold
Giant clumps of snow 
blown off hairy pine limbs
Drop in the path of no return.
Stay inside!

Marsha Ingrao

I chose this picture for CBWC. Again the vanishing point is imaginary. The horizontal one cut off by the building, and the vertical one cut off by the square up. The sidewalk that was cleared three hours ago now is covered with about four to six inches deep.

I put on Vince’s boots and stomped out about five steps to look down the vanishing point. Wow. These clouds have been super busy.

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”

Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

This is all exciting the second time out this year. Vince and I feel like kids again. This morning we were living in the clouds. This afternoon, the clouds tried to blast a hole into our home. It clogged up the satellite dish and iced up my window so I can no longer see the snow as it falls.

As soon as the snow clears, I’m getting my own boots. I ordered electric socks to wear under them yesterday after talking to a young neighbor. Then I can take you on a walk the next time it snows.

Attention Photographers

A hobby blogging friend of mine, Frank, is looking for photographers to collaborate with him on his website. He writes but wants to promote your photographs. It’s a great opportunity for fun and exposure. Contact him here. Collaborators – Beach Walk Reflections: Thoughts from thinking while walking (wordpress.com).  He will be host #WQWWC on February 10 – LOVE!

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65 responses to “How to #Square Up and Clear Up Sunday’s Still’s Preoccupation with Fog and Clouds”

  1. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Wonderful photos for all these challenges 😀

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cee. You should see the snow now. It’s still falling. 🙂

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  2. Hugh W. Roberts Avatar

    Electric socks? Are you kidding me, Marsha? They don’t sound very safe to wear in all that snow. I wonder if they’ll take off in the UK?
    Stay safe in all that snow and ice. I thought you guys had moved somewhere where it’s warm and sunny most of the year.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It’s a huge change, Hugh. A neighbor had them on under her boots when I ventured out a couple of days ago. 🙂 Your post got quite a bit of viewing and some good comments. Did you notice?

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      1. Hugh W. Roberts Avatar

        Oh, yes, that post has had lots of reblogs and pingbacks too, Marsha. I spent yesterday morning responding to all the comments. And there is more today. I love getting comments, especially the ones that lead to a discussion.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I agree with you, Hugh. Thanks for taking the time to be such a great commenter. That’s one of the qualities of caring that makes your blog one that I visit over and over again. 🙂

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          1. Hugh W. Roberts Avatar

            That’s so kind of you to say. Thank you so much, Marsha.

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  3. BeckyB Avatar

    oh this is such a fabulous set of squares. Loving the weather changes and your photographs are great

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Becky B. I also love the up part of your challenge. 🙂

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      1. BeckyB Avatar

        Thank you 😊 I need to put my thinking cap on for April!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Yes, I’ll look forward to it. January is almost over. I can see why you don’t do this every month. I can’t imagine what your notification panel looks like. 🙂

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          1. BeckyB Avatar

            Hee hee yes the panel is busy at times 😀

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Yes, fortunately February will be here soon. Do you get depressed when the comments and pings drop off?

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          3. BeckyB Avatar

            The first week is all a bit of relief but by week three of the month after I’m looking at the stats and thinking 😒!

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            LOL. I’d go nuts. LOL I like a little response. 🙂

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  4. restlessjo Avatar

    Electric socks? Do tell! Do they sing and dance too? 🙂 🙂 Lovely post, Marsha, and so creative your walking on water shots! Made me smile…and I did actually peer closely! SO much snow! That’s unreal 🙂 Definitely big kids again. Thanks for the shout out. Catch you later!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Bib and getting bigger if I have to stay inside much longer! Thanks for the lovely comment, Jo. 🙂

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  5. Sue Avatar

    Great gallery, Marsha!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much, Sue! 🙂

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  6. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    it reminds me of my old stomping grouns Marsh in Daly City… fog bank of the world. I couldn’t wait to get out of there. you def stireed up some emotions there. lol… love the crisp snow pics … so fresh!❤️

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It’s fresh and still coming. I’m looking at about 3 feet right in front of me.

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      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        Oh that’ so exciting… more clicks coming I can see! ❤️

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Right now I’m too confined to click. There is about 3-4 feet outside my office window. 🙂

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          1. Marsha Avatar

            You inspired me to get off my chair and go outside and click. I put the pics in tomorrow’s post. I’ll be blog visiting tomorrow, too after I get some boots!!

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          2. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

            Oh how exciting … good for you! can’t wait to see! I’m behind ugh.. ❤️🤣

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          3. Marsha Avatar

            They are out today. 🙂

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          4. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

            👏👏👏👏

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  7. kirstin troyer Avatar

    Very pretty. I love these. I’ve also been loving Terri’s challenge.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for the compliment, Kirstin. I love Terri’s challenges, too. Here’s an interview I had with her. https://tchistorygal.net/2020/07/14/how-responding-to-a-photo-challenge-focuses-your-writing-and-increases-your-followers/

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  8. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    That is some thick fog, my friend! I remember those horrid, never-ending fog weeks in Sacramento. The only respite was driving to the foothills to see some sun. The photos are cool! Thick clouds brought that much snow to you! We got maybe 1-2 inches today. More on the way. My brother’s area near Scottsdale got some snow dust today. Crazy weather. By the way, get Sorel boots. Decent price on Amazon.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for the boot advice. I’ll look them up. They will go well with my electric socks. 🙂

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      1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

        Hahaha! Something about electricity and wet snow makes me nervous 😆

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          LOL I know. You have to have good boots, I’m thinking. I’ll enjoy them when I first go to bed, too. My feet are so cold!!! Vince will appreciate it, too. 🙂

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  9. smilingtoad Avatar

    Marsha, you snowshoe hare, you need to put up huge buzzing disclaimers. As I read your post, and admired your photos, I almost passed away from all the immense joy…

    I had a run-in with some mist last night. As I scrabbled down this lumpy hill (I almost fell several times), I suddenly vanished inside a pool of slushy mist- the kind that looks artificial, often draped ominously all over graveyards and things. Peering up through the diaphanous whir of droplets, I beheld a huge and enchanting “moon-bow”- only to be seen by looking through the mist. Buh….! Spring peepers sirened through a nearby copse of barren trees, completing a wonderful eerie feeling.

    Wonderful post. That surf-chop-like image is incredible. Thrilling quotes too. Would love to hear how the electric socks work out…I usually go for wool ones and timberland boots.

    And now for a video of screaming peepers. And a man babbling.

    Cheers 😉

    babs

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for the wonderful comment, ST. It feels like old times, yes? I have wool socks on right now, and I’m still chilly. I should get them by Thursday. I’ll let you know. Does it get cold enough for electric socks there? Of course, if you’re moving to NY, you will definitely need warmer clothing. 🙂 Glad you made it through the mist unharmed. 🙂

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      1. smilingtoad Avatar

        It did get a little sketchy when I noticed some LED lights flickering through the zebra-wire trees. Will-o’-the-wisp humans bobbing mysteriously (bloody cheek, who ELSE would be wandering around on such a ghostly night?!) over the distant swamp, haunting a primitive campsite just off-trail. I bolted, tripped right back up that lumpy old hill I adore so much, the mist dripping all over me like a dank shawl. The sky-engulfing moon-halo vanished at the top and I could hear crashing sounds through the din of all those mournful brooch-sized tree-frogs- a night that would sooth Vincent Price’s soul…the crashing, of coruse, was a little silvery armadillo, glittering in the moonlight, emerging from the copse. They always sound like some sort of hulking Big-Foot rampaging through the forest. Sir pet one the other night. An armadillo, not a rampaging Big-Foot.

        This was not supposed to go on and on like that.

        Brumal-wear- I still have mine from the prairie days. I never wear any of it here in FL. Even when it lapses into the thirties and my beloved LH (lumpy hill) glows with frost-smoke, it still feels broiling hot to me. I used to stamp across the “tundra” prairie (I thought I was some kind of micro-Shackleton or something), down into freezing creeks and pervaded the vast expanse of snowy wood, usually, with two pairs of woolies- but these electro-sox sound quite nifty. They have something similar in glove format too, I bet. Oh would that be nice…I look forward to hearing about these things in your scintillating snow reports.

        Smiling cheers,

        aj

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Snow is what we have, and it’s still coming down. There’s probably three feet on our patio at one end.

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  10. Jane Lurie Avatar

    Love your foggy images, Marsha. Some of my favorite days in SF were watching the fog.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Jane! I love SF.

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  11. bushboy Avatar

    Great gallery for the prompts Marsha 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you, Brian. I had fun with this one. Especially the snow! How are you these days. I need to get over and visit you.

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      1. bushboy Avatar

        Doing well thanks. A few hot days have kept me indoors most of the time. Yes a pop over would be nice 🙂

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  12. Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com Avatar

    Did I read that right… you get that much snow in Prescott? I love the mystery of fog. That one picture really looks like choppy surf. Too bad you didn’t have someone video of you “walking on water” 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I know, Janis. I hadn’t looked at these photos for years, and I didn’t even remember how cool they looked. We got a lot of fog in the Central Valley, so I have quite a few foggy pictures.

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      1. Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com Avatar

        Oh yes, I have memories of driving through the Tule fog when we couldn’t see past our windshield. Yikes!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          That’s it. Driving at night was crazy.

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  13. Retirement Reflections Avatar

    Hi, Marsha – I love how this post combines three link-ups in one. Well done! I love your cloud and fog pictures. The fog pictures made me completely feel that once again I was trapped in surround-sound mist (happens here quite frequently). Great shots!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you Donna. The sun is out now. It’s gorgeous. I need boots! I just heard that it snowed in Phoenix. That’s really odd.

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  14. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

    Hey hey hey … happened to be online when this popped up … Let’s see if I’m the first comment.

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    1. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

      Now I can continue. 🙂 … When one doesn’t have to deal with it (especially driving), fog is interesting … so much so I have a walk coming up about it. I think Saturday. Clouds? … yep, already done that one – #12. Thanks again for the plug, plus I look forward to hosting your event.

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      1. Marsha Avatar

        Thanks, Frank. I look forward to it too. 🙂 You should post your link on Terri’s site. Do you know her? She is really a great friend, and another teacher.

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        1. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

          Thanks for the encouragement … I shared at Terri’s.

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          1. Marsha Avatar

            Great! You will really like her.

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          2. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

            We are off to a good start. After all, we both are chatty. 🙂

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          3. Marsha Avatar

            Yes you both are! You figured that out already. 🙂

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          4. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

            Shhhhh … whisper … we may not want her to hear this.

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          5. Marsha Avatar

            That’s one of the things I love about Terri. No need to whisper. Oh… you mean it will go to her head? Her head can handle it. 🙂 She’s got a good one on her shoulders. – not blown out of proportion. 🙂

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          6. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

            Whisper …. I don’t want her know we’re talking about her. Talking too loud may cause her ears to burn or nose to itch.

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          7. Marsha Avatar

            We don’t want that!

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          8. Marsha Avatar

            LOL, Frank I get it. 🙂

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    2. Marsha Avatar

      I think you are. Aren’t you jealous of all this snow? It’s no walk on the beach, but it’s a lot of fun. 🙂

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