December 14, 2014

Fog-walked out of Meadhouse.

Up to Blue Mounds, that monadnock...

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We had our trekking poles and our Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction Systems, so we made it through 7 miles of rocky terrain before the absurdly early nightfall that plagues Wisconsin around the time of the winter solstice.

We went out precisely because it was foggy. I wanted to see the woods in the fog. There's nothing prettier, if you adjust your aesthetic and keep an eye out for pops of color and design:

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35 comments:

RecChief said...

Design? in nature?

I thought you were an Atheist.

chickelit said...

You "fog-marched" Meade for a photo-op?

Ann Althouse said...

Who fog-marched whom is a matter for debate. But we fog-marched, that's for sure.

RecChief said...

By the way, this was interesting, in that it reaffirms some things I've noticed and voiced.

lemondog said...

Fossilized dinosaurs poop?

Robert Cook said...

I love fog unreservedly. I wish it were foggy almost all the time. New York City in the fog is beautiful!

NotquiteunBuckley said...

Cake-bakers forced to shut down or write "Gay Marriage is Wrong" on their cakes, if that's what the law demands they do regardless of their civil rights (in deference to the feelings of others), is much more beautiful than nature.

Nature would have killing without conscious. The weak and sensitive die first, naturally.

http://www.gaypatriot.net/2014/12/13/turning-the-tables-on-wedding-cake-fascists/

Fernandinande said...

I saw a bald eagle cruising above the San Juan river about 20 minutes ago...but was too slow getting the camera out.

pm317 said...

Once we drove on a dyke in Holland in very thick fog and rain, with water on both sides.. Scariest episode but also exhilarating.

Original Mike said...

"absurdly early nightfall that plagues Wisconsin around the time of the winter solstice."

Ain't it grand!? Now, if it would clear up we could see the glory that is the winter sky.

Sean Gleeson said...

Hey, thanks Althouse. You made me learn a new word. I have actually been acquainted with the word ‘monadnock’ most of my life, because of the beautiful Monadnock Building in Chicago (which once housed the lamented Gleeson’s restaurant). But I never knew it was a real word! I guess I assumed it was named after Jedediah Monadnock or something.

Original Mike said...

That would be the night sky.

tim in vermont said...

@chickelit

LOL

Now I am thinking about learning to draw, because it is so hard to compose a photograph to include what you see with your eyes and mind, instead of what is actually there, e.g. telephone wires, clashing colors, stuff that too far away, whatever.

I get a kick out of taking a really nice photo, but it is getting less and less satisfying.

tim in vermont said...

So Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire is really monadnock Manodnock?

It would see so.

NotquiteunBuckley said...

I suppose someone saying "nature is beautiful" is signaling they recognize elite aesthetics so as to potentially find others who share the esoteric sensibilities, as well as warn those who don't, in an honest fashion, what you're all about (and therefore to let them know why they might not be all about that).

In many ways this could be a reflection of projection (Freudwise) of beauty.

If you are beautiful, you see beauty in nature and remark on it so as to spread beauty.

Quite beautiful is psychotherapy in action.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

I've hiked Mt Monadnock in New Hampshire, but never knew that monadnock was used as a term for a type of mountain.

amr said...

Those mushrooms on the tree appear to be* "Sulfur Shelf" (also known as "Chicken-of-the-Woods"). Good eating, but "Crab-of-the-woods" is a bit closer to the texture. Flavor depends on what you cook it with.

*Don't eat wild mushrooms unless you know, especially ID made of a photo on the internet by a pseudo-anonymous comment-leaver. That said, there's nothing else they could possibly be. In the western US, there's a similar species (visually identical) that grows on conifers that gives a good share of people digestive discomfort. The manifestation is a bit unlike what I've seen before. Usually I see single, big locations with lots of those things coming from the same spot.

mrs.e said...

Ooo, gear porn.

Lawyer Mom said...

Not sure where to tuck this in, so I'll do it here, maybe with the lead-in, "Caroline Glick cuts through some anti-Israel European fog" ...

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/12/ms-glick-dissents.php

madAsHell said...

gear porn

Portlandia - Get the Gear

rhhardin said...

It calls for a red-nosed reindeer.

MadisonMan said...

The earliest sunset was last week. We've gained extra daylight at the end of the day since then.

I haven't really noticed.

Michael K said...

The Packers ran into bad fog in Buffalo.

traditionalguy said...

This morning on the iPad with small text and vslow to load the pictures, I was interested by the post title, that seemed to read :Frog Walked Out Of Meade House.

Could Garage have turned you in as Gov. Walker's secret Routers?

Jon Burack said...

Beautiful pictures. I believe the rock is chert, isn't it? - "A dense sedimentary rock, composed of interlocking quartz crystals and possibly amorphous silica (opal)."

I know there is a lot of chert up on Blue Mound.

Ann Althouse said...

That game was so painful!

Freeman Hunt said...

I thought you were an Atheist.

Has never been indicated on this blog.

Original Mike said...

"That game was so painful!"

Catch the damn ball!

Meade said...

"I believe the rock is chert, isn't it?"

Yes it is — laid down as sediments 400 million years old. There is also even older basalt, believed to be from magma produced by the volcanism that began forming Lake Superior between 4.5 billion and 540 million years ago.

What makes the Driftless Area so fascinating to many people is that it's a relatively small island that was almost but not touched by by the glaciers of the last ice age 110,000 to 22,000 years ago.

Alex said...

That just aint right!

Unknown said...

tim in Vermont, For me photography has some overlap with drawing. I love pencil sketching, take lots of picture and have a notebook of pictures I'd like to sketch, including some from newspapers & magazines.

I strongly recommend drawing, but like anything else you need to learn the basics first and start with low expectations.

I'm a bit of a technician and the things I like to work on are frequently some facial characteristic, texture, or composition-detail that I find either interesting or challenging to translate into black & white. I've also done some lino. or wood block printing, which is a step more challenging. The media tends to focus sharply on the aspect of the picture that I find most interesting; there are lots of color media that I'm ok at but just don't find to be as much fun, and a color photo pretty much rules. Although I've been having a little fun digitally processing photos lately & am rethinking color (& mosaics) using the warped photos as a base for some work.

You might have been making an off the cuff comment, but it's worth looking into.

Curious George said...

Not much of a photog, but snapped this picture from the balcony of my lake home recently. First ice, first light, fog.

http://i59.tinypic.com/n4i6b7.jpg

surfed said...

I agree about the fog and the woods. The "Woodpecker Trail" through Eastern Georgia from Florida to North Carolina in the fog on or around April 1st. The dogwoods are in bloom and the forest is not. They pop out at you through the fog. Amazing.

Unknown said...

The northernmost TVA dam bleeds into the Clinch River. It's a deep reservoir, and the water is ALWAYS cold. Maybe icebox cold. In summer and fall the air above the river forms a thick fog that sometimes keeps one from seeing the bank on the other side. The fog bank is maybe 20-30 feet above the river, thinning out near shore. It's eerie and beautiful all the time, and when the leaves start to turn in the fall (usually early-mid October) breathtaking. Pictures of trout fishermen in waders casting into the fog, incredible.

Rusty said...

That looks like "Hen of the Woods"