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August 7, 2013 / Linda Hartong

“ON LITTLE CAT FEET’

Fog

“The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on. “

Carl Sandburg

In the twenty years we have been coming to Carmel, we have yet to see much fog. As a photographer, I dream of a chance to shoot on a foggy day when all things are transformed into the mystical. This trip I am not disappointed.

I am leaving a Bach concert at the church near our house and there it is, FOG, dreamily drifting up the street, weaving between tree branches and twirling around the cottages. I race home to get the camera and start out.

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I head down to the beach and walk along Scenic Dr. Sounds are muffled.

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Sea Urchin and Periwinkle hunker down under the fog- shrouded Monterey Cypress. The Cypress  survive here because of the cool, moist fog.

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The beach ,which was so crowed yesterday ,hosts only a few brave souls. The dogs are not deterred by a little fog.

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I hope this party is just over and not just starting. The caterers are packing up.

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This is so beautiful. Just what I was hoping for.

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The homes no longer look so familiar.

The newcomers look slightly surprised by their cloaks of floating fog.

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The older homes take it all in stride

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Teddy Kusters’ cottage looks like a fortress against the weather.

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The Butterfly House clings to the shore, enduring.

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The statue of a girl gazing out to sea 

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Has a limited view.

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Tor House was built low and squat so the fire could warm it against the chill fog.

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Perhaps it was on such a day that Robinson Jeffers watched out Hawk Tower’s window and wrote:

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Boats In A Fog

“…..

A sudden fog-drift muffled the ocean,
A throbbing of engines moved in it,
At length, a stone’s throw out, between the rocks and the vapor,
One by one moved shadows
Out of the mystery, shadows, fishing-boats, trailing each other
Following the cliff for guidance,
Holding a difficult path between the peril of the sea-fog
And the foam on the shore granite.
One by one, trailing their leader, six crept by me,
Out of the vapor and into it,
The throb of their engines subdued by the fog, patient and
cautious,
Coasting all round the peninsula
Back to the buoys in Monterey harbor. …” Robinson Jeffers

A solitary gull stands guard. Point Lobos has become invisible.

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Still, Carmel Beach is lovely.

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Walkers enjoy the solitude.

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Back in the Village, life goes on as usual.

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I am up early the next morning hoping to catch the fog sneaking around in my garden before the morning sun chases it away.

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It is drifting away as quietly as it came.

32 Comments

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  1. Mary Buffington Thurston / Aug 7 2013 11:33 pm

    I grew up in Carmel, as my parents owned The Homestead. I left there in 1972 and these pictures bring back so many wonderful memories. Thank you for posting them.

  2. Carol / Aug 7 2013 11:51 pm

    Beautiful photographs that truly capture Carmel, and I love the poetry as well!

    Carol

  3. soonie2 / Aug 8 2013 12:00 am

    Incredible images and a favorite poem!

  4. lynn momboisse / Aug 8 2013 12:11 am

    beautiful – July and August – even the fog breathes beauty
    PS your garden looks lovely as we ride by 🙂

  5. anitacrawley / Aug 8 2013 12:22 am

    I LOVED this day – the fog highlighted how surreal this magical year has been for me. Thanks for the wonderful photos!!

  6. Karen / Aug 8 2013 12:42 am

    Just when I was whining about the fog you make all very magic again.

    • Linda Hartong / Aug 8 2013 3:49 am

      Fog in Carmel is probably like snow in Kansas City. Beautiful beyond words the first day, less so the second day and by the third day you have had enough fun to last all year!

  7. charles / Aug 8 2013 1:17 am

    Love it! Thank you so much for each edition. We’re back in Austin, TX enduring 106 degree afternoons and dreaming (and envious) of your Carmel experiences. Please keep them coming.

    • Linda Hartong / Aug 8 2013 3:50 am

      It was 106 when I left Kansas City, 112 when I changed planes in Phoenix, and heaven when we landed in Carmel

  8. leilani / Aug 8 2013 2:18 am

    Ahhhh, I feel like I’ve cooled off ten degrees just scrolling through these enchanting pictures.

    It was 88 degrees here in TX out on my veranda a few minutes ago – at 9PM!

    Actually, per Wunderground, the downtown station at Carmel-by-the-Sea is currently 60.3 so I guess I’ve really cooled off 28 degrees, haven’t I!

    [sigh]

  9. carmelcondry@comcast.net / Aug 8 2013 4:40 am

    Absolutely gorgeous, Linda.  Thank you so much!

    best to you,

    Mary

  10. Vivian / Aug 8 2013 10:48 am

    Lovely.

  11. Kyla / Aug 8 2013 12:19 pm

    Beautiful. One of my faves!

  12. lisa sharring / Aug 8 2013 2:23 pm

    breathtaking photos, linda. I would kill to be there.

  13. Rebecca Kiser / Aug 8 2013 3:20 pm

    Thank you for chronicling your beautiful community . . . I love being transported back to scenes from my childhood and places that are dear and even sacred to my heart. I hope you don’t mind that I occasionally pin your images (with credits) – I’m sure they bring joy to many people.

  14. Chris J. / Aug 8 2013 4:06 pm

    Really lovely. Wish I was there.

  15. Jan Weeks / Aug 9 2013 1:56 am

    Loved the pictures. I look forward to the day I can go back and stay a few days. My husband and I drove down for the day 2 years ago while visiting San Francisco. Carmel stole my heart though.

  16. Svea / Aug 10 2013 5:52 am

    your garden is looking lovely!

  17. Gretta Faun / Aug 10 2013 2:51 pm

    Love love this wonderful photos. Love the way they make me feel. I was in Carmel one foggy morning last September. It was supposed to be very warm day. I wore sandals, shorts and light jacket. It felt chilly, but I walk fast and like wearing layers. I don’t like neither cold or heat, but I was shocked to see people wearing down jackets, hats, etc. My sister would of been one of those people if she was travelling with me, so I get it. Just very interesting. I am going to visit Carmel this September again. I will rent a car this time. I want to see Carmel Valley and Pacific Grove. Any recommendations? ;0)

  18. Sandy Mansfield / Aug 11 2013 2:12 am

    Linda, so ethereal and lovely. Several of your photos were so beautiful, they nearly brought me to tears. Thank you for a wonderful post!

  19. jeanette sclar / Aug 11 2013 2:33 am

    Did I spy an Airedale on the beach? 🙂

  20. Marjorie Wallace / Aug 12 2013 1:52 pm

    I remember when I came to visit Carmel for a few days in 2007. It was a longed for visit that I will never forget. That first morning I was out with my camera in the fog, but I did not capture anything quite as magical as your collection. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely images.

    • Linda Hartong / Aug 12 2013 6:08 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind comment. I did love that day

  21. Nita@ModVintageLife / Aug 14 2013 12:29 am

    The fog makes everything look so romantic! I loved seeing a bit of your garden too!

  22. Ruth / Aug 15 2013 5:53 pm

    I loved all your pictures today! And your flower garden is gorgeous! I hope to come see your Carmel one day in person….it is so beautiful!

  23. Inspired and pretty / Aug 17 2013 3:17 am

    That was a thick fog ! But it makes so beautiful photos. I would have run for my camera too ! You took wonderful photos that day Linda, and your garden is lovely 🙂

  24. Susan Shappell / Jun 30 2015 7:59 pm

    Somehow I ended up here via a link I followed (I think) from The Provencal Faerie Hearth’s page. I cannot even fathom how heavenly it must seem to live in a perpetual “make believe world” with all these wonderful cottages, perfectly placed flowers, trees & shrubs, in quaint town by the sea. I would never ever want to leave!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful place that most of us can only dream of!!

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