Nocturne in the fog

I haven’t had much free time this week due to work that didn’t get done over the Thanksgiving break. Since it’s dark by 5:30 p.m. these days, there’s little opportunity for garden-related activities after work. I have a long list of chores for the weekend, including repotting of some bamboos and removal of two overly large clumps of Kniphofia uvaria. I’m also thinking of creating another succulent bed in the backyard—not 100% sure about that one yet. And let’s not forget the drifts of leaves everywhere, especially after the super windy day we’ve had today. They need to be dealt with, too.

What I did do the other night was take some photos of our yard and the neighborhood since it was really foggy. As I was patiently waiting for each 30-second exposure to complete, I couldn’t help but be in awe at the silence that fog brings. While we live in a reasonably quiet part of town, there’s always noise from somewhere; sometimes we can even hear the train although the tracks are miles away.

Not so when there is fog.

What I did hear was the almost otherworldly honking of geese flying overhead. Since it was dark and the fog was thick as pea soup, I couldn’t see even a trace of them. I kept wondering if they were real or if I was imagining them. It was a very Edgar Allan Poe moment!

Giant clumping timber bamboo (Bambusa oldhamii) in front of our house
Baby blue bamboo (Bambusa chungii ‘Barbellata) in our front yard
Bradford pear (Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’) next to street light
Succulent rain cover (read this post for more info)
Dwarf Cavendish banana (Musa acuminata 'Dwarf Cavendish')
Chocolate bamboo (Borinda fungosa) on the left
and bamboo muhly grass (Muhlenbergia dumosa) in the pot on the right
Looking down the street
Dropping off library books


  1. The quiet of a fog -- like during a calm, heavy snowfall, or when the air is very cold -- is really wonderful. Makes me long to live somewhere more secluded.

    Who brings a tripod with them when they go to the library? ;-)

    Great photos -- I need to try this sometime!

  2. Great photos as always! The banana shot looks like it's in sepia :)

  3. Alan, I love the quiet after a heavy snowfall as well--but not the cold :-). I didn't bring a tripod to the library, I simply supported my camera on the half open car window. The other photos *were* taken with a tripod though.

    Mark, isn't it interesting how everything turns sepia, as you said, when you combine fog with sodium vapor streetlights.

  4. Great shots. The fog is pretty interesting looking and we have sure had our share. Except for the last couple days. Yea! Stan just told me tomorrow should be 70. May have to go outside and play in the dirt!


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