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Entering the Fog

March 22, 2012

I took these shots from my car with the i-phone while driving between morning meetings.

The fog was thick and sluggish, with no intention of burning off any time soon.

It was a bit more challenging than usual, but driving down these back country roads, I couldn’t help but be captivated by the beauty. I kept slowing down to lean out the passenger window for a shot.

In the span of a mile or two, I passed orchards, farmland, forest and swamp. This is the exact same road I drive every day, five days a week to and from my office. And I just couldn’t believe how the fog changed everything, made everything look different – but more clear, in some ways.

Like if you look close enough, and really pay attention to what’s going on in the sidelines, you might discover something that you never saw before. Something stunning, and beautiful. Sometimes I could barely make out what the fog was covering, but the shroud somehow added to the gorgeousness.

It made me think of a couple friends of mine who are groping their way through their own fog, trying to figure out the next step of their careers, dealing with inexplicable office politics, clawing their way past a bad situation. They are feeling bogged down in a swamp of uncertainty and ambiguity, with no sign of clear skies breaking anytime soon.

And I want to say, Hang in there, friends – you’ll find your way.

In the meantime, just look how beautiful that swamp is when you frame it like this.

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. March 22, 2012 6:26 pm

    Yes. Absolutely yes.

  2. March 22, 2012 7:01 pm

    I enjoyed (?) similar fog while sitting on the beach earlier this week. It does have its own beauty. When my son was little and we found ourselves driving through fog, he used to call it, “the fog of confusion.” And, yes, we need those reminders to hang in there when the way isn’t obvious.

  3. sawyerspeaks permalink
    March 22, 2012 8:17 pm

    Beautiful. Nice when the fog isn’t just in the meetings.

  4. March 22, 2012 8:48 pm

    Gorgeous. Yes. Pictures and words.

    • March 24, 2012 10:01 am

      Thanks Diana – this is my first attempt at photo-blogging. I never thought I’d be going this route, but, ya know? I was kind of feeling it that day!

  5. S. Etole permalink
    March 22, 2012 10:02 pm

    You’ve really captured the atmosphere well.

  6. March 23, 2012 5:29 am

    Even the fog’s purpose is not only to cover things, but to reveal the things we take for granted most times. Inspiring post. thanks.

  7. March 23, 2012 8:01 am

    I hope there were no runners on those roads!

    • March 24, 2012 10:07 am

      If there were, they would surely have been in deep trouble. Do you guys have fog-light gear for those kind of mornings?

  8. March 23, 2012 12:18 pm

    Many people would just be frustrated that they can’t see. But to find beauty even in the fact that we can’t see the way we normally do – that’s pretty profound.

  9. March 24, 2012 9:56 am

    Your 3rd image down… looks like the trees are marching out of the fog. Somehow I see movement in their trunks.

    Wow, your iphone camera is sharp. Thanks for sharing both the images and insight.

    Blessings.

  10. March 24, 2012 10:38 am

    i love it…of course.

  11. March 26, 2012 7:20 am

    Beautiful post.

    I saw your first image and immediately thought of how sad it makes me to be driving to work on mornings like that…like the beauty in my life is being wasted. What you’re saying is spot on though. There are so many little moments and relationships that are simply amazing in the here and now, we can lose sight of existing beauty chasing after some ideal that’s been planted in our heads.

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