shrouded in a cloak of mist

10.24.2011

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I slipped from the warm cocoon of my blankets and soft pillow. My feet touched the icy floor and a shiver ran through my body; I reached for my favorite sweatshirt. I headed downstairs and looked outside.

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Fog blanketed the grass, a heavy grey coat. I opened the door and stood there, drinking it all in. And then I stepped into the misty wonderland, feeling wonderfully small and lost, shrouded in clouds.

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The world was quiet, save for the twittering of the birds far in the trees; the sky was a slight peachy color in the east; a sort of battle between sun and fog. Dew sparkled in the soft light, on the mums and crimson leaves and clothespins on the laundry line. And I photographed. I sighed inwardly and the soft clickclick of my shutter replied.

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A sense of fernweh, wanderlust, came over me, wishing and longing and dreaming for the unknown. What exactly it was that I yearned for, I'm not sure. I think it's more the experiences of the journey that I crave instead of going to one specific place or experiencing one specific thing. I suppose I'm just I'm a traveling soul at heart.

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The fog does these kind of things to you. And I love it. Anyone want to send some of their extra fog over to Oklahoma? Because we don't get it nearly often enough.

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What do you favor -- clear, sunny days, or misty wonderlands?

44 comments:

  1. misty wonderlands by far. I love what the word fernweh does to my heart- I can feel that ache for distance when I say the word fernweh.

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  2. Ah...this is so lovely. I love misty days as well as rain. It is all so beautiful.

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  3. This post made me extremely happy. I have to agree, fog and rain are my top two. thanks for the lovely post,
    Alexandra.
    PS.
    You inspire me Carlotta.

    someactualities.blogspot.com

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  4. ah...misty days make me feel so wanderlust too. sometimes my heart just aches for the unknown!

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  5. I love the misty days. Where I live, (on an island), we get fog pretty much all year! Great photos, by the way!

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  6. Oh these are beautiful, as is your writing! I love the first picture! I actually took a similar one about an hour ago. :)

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  7. this post makes me feel warm and beautiful inside. the chill of winter refreshes the world.

    this is beautiful, carlotta.

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  8. These pictures are so beautiful and so are your words, dear!

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  9. Loved this post. I actually just found out what "wanderlust" meant last night. Chilly mornings are my favorite! :)

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  10. I love the fog too. The world seems to have an especially lively tang to it when it's lost in a mist...so beautiful. and beautiful pictures too, Carlotta! I never fail to admire your photography.
    fernweh...probably the most beautiful word on earth. Not just for its meaning, but the actual dreamy, enchanted-seeming appearance.
    ~Simi

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  11. ah-mazing as always. you inspire me, friend...both with your photography AND your words.

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  12. eep. that spiderweb shot= a.m.a.z.i.n.g.

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  13. I think you would like this post, which I wrote just a few days ago, Carlotta --

    http://anold-fashionedgirl.blogspot.com/2011/10/what-we-call-autumn.html

    Your are a simply amazing photographer, deary! Simply gorgeous, I especially love the one of the web -- such a lovely focus!

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  14. I am so happy I stumbled upon the word fernweh a few weeks ago. I'm kind of in love with it, and it makes my wandering heart happy. I can't wait to travel more when I'm older. First stop: Oklahoma? ;)

    Anyways. You amaze me like crazy, and I feel like hugging you again. Just so you know.

    xo,

    twin sister.

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  15. fernweh--oh oh oh yes. I always knew there had to be a word for it. those perfect, still, beautiful photographer moments--just you and the camera--are always the best. ♥

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  16. Carlotta, I love your perspective on the world. <3

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  17. misty wonderland. definitely. i love it♥

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  18. misty wonderlands. no question. i love these pictures, especially the one of the spiderweb

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  19. Haha you can have all the fog that I saw on my way to school this morning. You couldn't even see down the street... but I'm actually thinking that I'd like to keep it. :)
    --Love MCat
    {glitteringcompositions.blogspot.com}

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  20. Me? Definitely misty wonderlands. No doubt about it. Carlotta- this was enchanting.

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  21. I love misty wonderlands. Thank you for teaching me the word fernweh; it's beautiful.

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  22. Aww fog. :) Love it! It has such a mistical feeling about it.

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  23. this post just made me so warm and... fuzzy on the inside. almost like a christmas-y feeling. it's that warm feeling of being perfectly happy when all you have is a sweater and maybe a cup of hot chocolate or tea-- I love rainy days. They are amazing. The end. :D

    Love, Claire

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  24. misty wonderland. not that i don't love sunny days, but i much more prefer the rumbling sound of thunder than the near burning feel of the sun against your skin. but that's me talking, and i'm from texas. i think we're going to be getting some of your fog/rain here soon!
    this was such a beautiful post. i think i love the clothespins photo best :))
    -jocee <3

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  25. We had a nice heavy fog this morning over in Texas as well - it was wonderful! :)

    Alexxus

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  26. i choose fog. because we have too many sunny days. they get old. fast.

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  27. fog fog fog is my favourite
    http://pinklemonadestand1.blogspot.com

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  28. fog and rain with sun in the afternoon. that's a perfect fall day for me.

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  29. i favor :: both. totally both. :)

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  30. P.S. your pictures. *sigh*
    They're too beautiful.
    That is all.

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  31. Misty wonderlands please.

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  32. I love the clothespin picture for reasons that aren't exactly clear to me. :) It's beautiful, as is this whole post. Typical for this blog. :) And, to everyone: don't send your fog to Oklahoma, send it over here to Maryland! I NEED IT!!! :D I love rainy, foggy, etc. days so much better than sunny days. :)

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  33. i always kind of liked this idea of waking up and snuggling up with your favorite sweatshirt, drinking hot chocolate and looking outside to see fog and crisp air. kind of romantic!
    xo TJ

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  34. Oh, I love them both! Cloudless sunny days, make you feel like you can conquer the world, but at the same time there's this compelling mystery in a misty day. :) By the way, you write beautifully

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  35. Did you take a creative writing class? Cause you're really good at writing, so I was wondering if it was all natural talent;)

    ellie;)

    bluejeansandteendreams.blogspot.com

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  36. I prefer warm, sunny days, but I guess we need different weather and couldn't live with just one or the other.
    It's good to have variety!

    xo
    p.s. again your writing and photos inspire me so much. this is probably the 5,678th time it's been said to you, but you are so talented! not kidding carlotta. you can't get much better than this! (or so the unprofessional mind of mine thinks!)

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  37. I am a lover of sunshine and blue skies...however I also adore foggy weather! There is something mystical and magical about it. It makes me want to explore, live, fall in love.....

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  38. Misty Wonderlands!

    SOLI DEO GLORIA!

    -Kyrie<><

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  39. Personally, I prefer pure rainy days. It adds this sense of comfort and warmth inside, that if I leave the haven I call home, then I'll be all sad and miserable; a risk not worth taking.

    ~Miranda

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  40. lovely post! hmmmmmmm...i'd couldn't make it without some sunny days, but i love foggy days too :D

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  41. love hte post. i could feel the pictures.

    sometimes i am in the mood for a little more cloudy.

    Lindsay

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  42. Wowsers dudette, that spider web picture is really lovely. My favorite I've seen in a while.

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  43. *Sending you fog!* God knows we've got enough of it here in Oregon! Fantastic post - love it!

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