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Spring Awakening

By Tom Poland

web posted March 26, 2016
spring
                                                          awakeningsLIFE DOWN SOUTH-- The buds on these trees slept all winter. Awake, they burst into solar collectors called leaves. That’s a far cry from autumn when darkening, colder days forced the trees into dormancy. Then the days lengthened and warmed, and now grass, greenery, and gray bark tint Earth’s breath as it suffuses a quiet copse.

A beautiful scene. A simple scene that’s not so simple. These vapors. Are they fog or mist?

When minute drops of water, droplets, hang in the air, mists result. Fog is a cloud that touches Mother Earth. What spells the difference between mists and fog? Density. If you can see no farther than two-thirds of a mile, fog clouds your vision. See farther and you peer through mists.

We see ever-so-slightly green mists. Fog or mists matter not to these trees bursting out with their newly minted leaves. The growing season commences, and jobs posted for rain and groundwater need filling. Over summer, leaves will demand far more than vapors.

Photographed near Spartanburg.

“I really love fog. It hides you from the world and the world from you. You feel that everything has changed, and nothing is what it seemed to be.”
    —Eugene O’Neill, Long Day’s Journey into Night







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