The Fog Comes on Little Cat Feet

The fog was rolling onshore, though not necessarily as Carl Sandburg imagined.

It reminded me of a similar case of fog, flowing offshore in this case (left-to-right in the photo), on San Clemente Island.

Both of these afford a rare opportunity to visualize flow of the air over topographic features.

San Clemente Island is owned by the US Navy. It has a military hardware graveyard, including some Soviet vehicles. Maybe they use them for target practice. I have no idea how they got hold of this one or exactly what it is.

Perhaps this provides a clue to someone who reads Russian.

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12 thoughts on “The Fog Comes on Little Cat Feet”

  1. drlorentz:
    Perhaps this provides a clue to someone who reads Russian.

    The legend on the big panel identifies it as a fuse box, and the text below lists which items are on each fused circuit.  That’s not much of a clue as to what type of vehicle it is.

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  2. Great photos of the fog! A few years ago my husband & I visited Maine and took a tour boat to Monhegan Island, a picturesque village often painted by artists (the Wyeths et al). On the return boat ride late afternoon we looked back and saw the rocky island swallowed up, Brigadoon-style, by fog that was the same color as the ocean, same color as the sky – it just vanished, like that!

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  3. 10 Cents:
    I have never thought of fog as being like a cat. A fog is a cloud that crowds your judgement.

    Sandburg was probably thinking of a radiation fog or a slowly moving advection fog that seems to sneak in. Cats are sneaky. The two fogs pictured in the OP were coming in fast, more like an elephant as John wrote.

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  4. Pencilvania:
    Great photos of the fog! A few years ago my husband & I visited Maine and took a tour boat to Monhegan Island, a picturesque village often painted by artists (the Wyeths et al). On the return boat ride late afternoon we looked back and saw the rocky island swallowed up, Brigadoon-style, by fog that was the same color as the ocean, same color as the sky – it just vanished, like that!

    Hi, @Pencilvania – did you spend much time on Monhegan?  The scuttlebutt is that Monhegan Islanders Do Not Like Visitors.  Over the years I’ve heard of travelers being given spookily cold shoulders, as in, for example, the inescapable feeling that you are sitting in someone’s accustomed seat in the diner, and what do you think you are doing here anyway?  Monhegan Islanders have been on their island for many generations, and it would seem that they value their, what shall we say, aloof singularity?  Anyway, what was your experience, if one may ask?  (See, even the typing of the name makes a person extra diffident.)

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  5. Hey @jzdro, we were there in October so the summer crowds had gone. In fact, I think a lot of folks who live there were kind of holed up in their cottages . . . or maybe that’s their way of avoiding us?! It was a warm afternoon for autumn and we hiked around a lot but saw few people. And we had lunch at the one upscale restaurant there & it wasn’t very crowded – we’d heard the same rumor as you, but the waitress was very nice, and we chatted easily with a few others dining – but they were probably tourists, not natives.

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  6. Pencilvania:
    Hey @jzdro, we were there in October so the summer crowds had gone. In fact, I think a lot of folks who live there were kind of holed up in their cottages . . . or maybe that’s their way of avoiding us?! It was a warm afternoon for autumn and we hiked around a lot but saw few people. And we had lunch at the one upscale restaurant there & it wasn’t very crowded – we’d heard the same rumor as you, but the waitress was very nice, and we chatted easily with a few others dining – but they were probably tourists, not natives.

    Pencil is nice so people like talking to her. She probably is a good tourist.

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