This summer has been quite delightful if you like fog. Growing up in New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania, I did get to experience fog frequently, but it’s quite different here in Morro Bay, California. All summer long as the inland valleys swelter, the Pacific Ocean cools the Central Coast of California.
Cold Pacific Ocean water and hot air over the land collide to produce vapors that hang around for at least a half a day.
It sneaks fingers of soft white over the rolling hills, the Morro Bay Estuary and two or three of the Nine Sisters Peaks within a few miles of the coastline.
It looms over Morro Rock like a halo or fluffy bonnet, but sometimes smothering it almost completely.
Looking towards Los Osos over the bay, I saw cool air and warmer water colliding in the early morning making a very mysterious floating vapor that transfixed me for quite a while. I just had to get my pastels to see if I could capture the vapors rising. In the distance, the landscape rose into more of the morning mists.