Yesterday was one of those “fog smoke” days that totally capture my attention and imagination – and make it almost impossible to work from home! I kept peeking out our front sliding doors with my camera to try and capture the changing scenery. The fjord and the air temperatures create such interesting “landscapes” in the sky – at 100 meters up, sometimes they’re above us, sometimes below us, and often all around us.
I posted photos and descriptions of this before when we lived on the side of Løvstakken and overlooked the southern Bergen valley and Nordåsvatnet. Sometimes it was a complete cloud cover below us; sometimes it was just a thinner type of mist advancing up the mountain and then receding. There’s also one post about being walled in by fog all day here in our little bit of heaven overlooking Lysøen. It’s spooky yet peaceful, claustrophobic yet beautiful, and tiring yet exhilarating – all at the same time.
But back to yesterday: my husband was up early; he said that the sky was blue when the sun began rising. When I got up about 8:30 we were almost totally fogged in – we could see a little blue behind our house/over the mountain to the east of us as the sun was burning off the fog. That “burn off” thinning continued for a bit, then the fog fought back and settled in again … and that battle went on all day.
It was gorgeous – especially the views to our left/the west, out over the islands towards the North Sea. Some of the fog patterns such as these make me feel as if I’m peering out of an airplane window flying above the clouds … but without the airplane engine noises from the other side of the window!
I “digitally stitched” a few shots together to try and capture the panoramic view (click each one for the larger image).
(I’ve also put images from the day in their own slideshow. I enjoy watching them scroll by!)
Oh – here’s one other photo: the view to the back of our house, looking out my home office window. The fall colors provide their own distraction!
My photos really do the experience no justice, and my words are completely inadequate … but if you use your imagination, maybe you can visualize it too?
Fellow expats: what are some of your favorite (or maybe “not-so-favorite”) nature moments from your new country?