A 'fog ocean' of low lying clouds at Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.
1. characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; intangible.
2. extremely delicate or refined; exquisite.
3. of heaven or the spirit; celestial peace.
To be in the presence of such an incredible natural phenomenon as this is truly a surreal experience. It is nothing short of awesome to the 10th power.
Half a dozen times a year, an atmospheric inversion may produce a strange effect: fog lies like a soft white blanket on the Shenandoah Valley and the Piedmont, while the mountaintop is clear. Then you can look down on a "fog ocean," while the higher mountain peaks rise above it like islands (see first photo below).
To truly appreciate the magnitude of a massive fog system like this is to see it firsthand. I captured some video footage because sometimes photos just don't do justice - check out my video clips on YouTube if you have a spare moment.
The mountains that are most visible above are a section of the Massanutten Mountain Range, and are partially submerged in this huge mass of fog. Many other peaks are totally submerged in this view.
I uploaded this one far larger than my norm - please view it large in the lightbox
3 exposure brackets (-2 ev, 0 ev, +2 ev) - merged and lightly tonemapped in Photomatix Pro
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