lessons from the fog

Week #3
of our 2011 Project 52*
(*give or take a week here and there for vacations)

For 2011 we have a roster of new weekly photography projects.  We are doing things a bit differently this year by having a monthly theme.  This month's theme is framing. 

Northern California winters usually mean rain and fog.  Sometimes just rain.  Other times, a thick fog envelops the landscape.  Sometimes, both.

In the last couple of weeks, we have seen really cold mornings (in the low to mid- 30s) coupled with fog that may (or may not) burn off during the day.

On a typical summer day, a dilapidated marina is visible from the spot where this picture was taken.  But the fog has muted the landscape so that I am only able to see not more than 200 feet away.  Other shiny objects, a.k.a. distractions, are blocked from view.  Visual noise is taken away.  You have no choice but to focus on that which is immediately in front of you.

This is nature's way of slowing us down by limiting our field of vision.  We are forced to focus on what's before us, instead of being physically present in one spot and being a million miles away mentally.  We don't really know what lies beyond the mist.

Lessons from the fog:
focus on here and now.  
limit distractions.
travel more slowly.
enjoy the journey.
do not rush (to the destination).  
we do not really know what lies ahead.

Nature's way of framing things.

Happy weekend folks!


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