When I was in my mid-20s, my (then) fiancée, (now) husband & I applied to business school. We applied all around the country, knowing that acceptance rates were low, and hoping for the best: that we’d both get into the same program, and could move to our next city together.
We were lucky, as UC Berkeley just outside of San Francisco, accepted us both. It was off to Northern California, right across the bridge from his hometown of Marin.
Moving from the East Coast to the West Coast is an adjustment. Seasonal weather, leafy trees, and gothic architecture were quickly replaced by fresh crab, lemon trees, salty air and fog. Lots of it.
That’s what stays with me the most. More than the farmer’s markets, the vintage bookstores on Telegraph Avenue, or the classes themselves. Summer fog, winter fog, day-long fog and morning fog. They just don’t manufacture fog the same way on the East coast.
The Inuits have 50 words to describe their snow: “aqilokoq”:“softly falling snow”; “piegnartoq”:“the snow that is good for driving sleds”; I imagine that Northern Californians have a more intimate understanding of fog. Pea soup, black fog, dry fog, killer fog, sea mist, and valley fog; all names of fog, all unidentifiable to me, even after two years of living there.
“How”, I thought as I wandered out of the lake house one morning recently: “would the Northern Californians classify this?”
“It’s gorgeous, isn’t it?” I asked Rodney as we headed towards home after wandering for the better part of an hour. I love the fog. I love its haunting stillness.
“It’s just so damp”, was the response.
And with that, I got my answer. Maybe the Inuits love, understand and appreciate their 50 kinds of snow. The fog – at least to the Northern Californian who lives in my home – is defined in terms of what it’s not. Which is, to say, just another day without sun.
English people panic when there is fog – we are terrible with extreme weather, but I’d love to see it. Gorgeous photos!
Nice photos cute too aww! @ the last photo heheh!
I love! The weather that I wish we have. I am always wishing for a wee bit of snow for my son but were still unlucky.
Wow! My photos today were all about family and great atmosphere. I think these surpass them! Love the fog too. I’ve got a decent one of Samantha in the fog on today’s post. 😉
Wow, that is just stunning! And serene.
Stunning photos. Beautiful composed.
Get a lot of that here in Dunoon – being near water has something to do with it possibly. My dad used to call such limited vision fogs as ‘pea soupers’!!! Adorable photography once again Jessica. YAM xx
What a lovely set of pictures. The way you captured that whole scene and the fog is really amazing.
Absolutely LOVE the leather jacket! Beautiful photos…
Being a native of Northern California, born in SF and raised in Hayward, I love the fog. It is our natural AC. Where I work in SF, most mornings are foggy.
Great pics and Go Bears.
Beautiful photos. Moody fog.
Absolutely first rate and coprop-bettomed, gentlemen!
Just gorgeous. Would love to be experiencing some frosty weather right about now. The heat here at the moment just doesn’t agree with me.
stunning captures as always.
Hauntingly beautiful scenery!
Amazing shots.. so surreal.
I love all the fog! You have such a pretty family.
I am SO in love with where you live!!!
I’d call it a dusting. It’s pretty but not nearly as pretty as your children.
You always have such gorgeous photos! Love the one of the tree reflected in the puddle.
I’d name it, “Just far enough away to try and make a cold day feel soft” fog.
Love your photography Jess! You could make some good money if you ever wanted to do family photography!
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stunning, as always. inspires poetry
Dreamy. I love the white nothing beyond the docks.
I always LOVE to stop by each week, you have such an amazing eye!
Love those photos.
Beautiful photos, love the fog!
I’ve been looknig for a post like this forever (and a day)
Amazing photos! Love Jackson and the kids!
Your photos are beautiful! We don’t get as much as I would like here near Seattle, which is surprising to me. Love your blog!
Wow these are the most amazing photos, the one with the dog with the sun behind the fog is really outstanding! They all are actually! Your little girls is darling!
I will take fog over snow any day!