Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

A Foggy Day in Oberlin

October 17, 2021

Earlier this month we were blessed with magnificent morning fog. I skipped my usual workout that day to walk around my neighborhood lest the fog lift while I was curling my biceps.

1 Rock Pond intervened between the foliage in front of me and the trees in the distance.

2 You’ll be forgiven for seeing faces in the tree trunk. Two of my friends have—one saw an owl, one an old man. I intended neither.

3 Grasses and cattails abound in my neighborhood.

4 I don’t understand where the ditch water picked up its blue color; I thought the sky was pretty much white. Maybe there was a hole in the fog and clouds.

5 Here is one of my takes on Island Pond that day.

6 And another.

7 And another.

8 Is there ever a foggy day without dew-spangled spider webs?

9 Even though photographing them is cliché, I can’t resist.

10 Especially when they are this good.

11 I found an informative video online of a spider building its web.



26 responses

  1. These are great. Some nice captures with a lovely palette of colours.
    No.4 works well and I enjoyed your comment about being confounded by the colours. Sometimes I can look at a photograph on my computer screen and wonder why it is so different from my memory of actually taking the picture!
    Numbers 9, 10 & 11 cobweb shots are wonderful. I love the unusual central element/thread.
    Best wishes

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    October 17, 2021 at 5:47 PM

    • Thanks, P.C. It’s interesting about memory versus download, isn’t it. Sometimes I make the photograph look like my memory, and sometimes I don’t.

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      October 17, 2021 at 5:52 PM

    • Sometimes an insect seems to have a darkblue body and you can’t find it on the screen afterwards.

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      October 17, 2021 at 5:55 PM

      • And sometimes on the screen I see a stick or part of a plant that I never saw in the viewfinder. How maddening!

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        October 17, 2021 at 8:18 PM

  2. Spider webs are like a basket of kittens: photographers are obligated to photograph them. Nice work, Linda.

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    October 17, 2021 at 6:14 PM

    • Thank you, Ken. I take it you have photographed your share of both. Now cosmic cookie sheets: that’s another story.


      October 17, 2021 at 8:20 PM

  3. This is a really nice presentation of many of the qualities that make this season so beautiful, Linda.

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    October 17, 2021 at 9:09 PM

    • Thank you, Mic. This fall seems to be moving along more slowly than others I have seen. That’s OK with me.

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      October 18, 2021 at 5:22 PM

  4. You had fun! (BTW I’m impressed that you have a morning workout. I don’t have any workout at all, I’m just not disciplined that way. I only hope the random yoga classes and walks are enough). What I like about #2 is not the tree but the flowers – nice purple asters over there, and are the gracefully drooping white flowers a kind of aster too? #4 is fascinating – whether the wet places are blue or not, they’re really interesting. I like #6 – the yellow foliage at the bottom and the pond anchor those beautiful, proud-looking trees. The webs are terrific – that spiral in the middle of #10/11 and the uneven parts on the right, nice! There’s something very satisfying about seeing the webs attached to that branch with a little bit of the surroundings, too.

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    October 17, 2021 at 9:42 PM

    • I did have fun. Don’t let my morning workout impress you. I hate every minute and only do it so that I don’t feel worse if I don’t. And if I don’t do it in the morning, I’m likely to find all kinds of reasons throughout the day to avoid exercising. I envy you your more frequent morning forays with camera and would gladly trade you. The purple asters were beautiful and abundant this year, but I never really did them justice. The white flowers are indeed also asters. I photograph those proud trees frequently, probably because I can isolate the three of them like that. Happy you enjoyed my webs. Thanks for all your comments, Lynn.


      October 18, 2021 at 5:23 PM

      • Mmm, they WERE asters – I remember that beautiful droop of aster plants that were just too full of flowers. Beautiful. Mic photographed Ironweed, another beautiful purple fall flower…we do have purple asters here but no white ones & no Ironweed. So I depend on you and Mic and others to keep me happy. 😉
        I understand putting things off, of course. There’s one 5-minute neck exercise I’m supposed to do daily but I even miss that sometimes. We’re not total slackers though. 😉

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        October 18, 2021 at 8:24 PM

        • No, not total. Our ironweed flowers are now brown fuzzy balls. Photographed them yesterday. Also white asters. And a lot of other stuff. It was a good shooting day.

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          October 18, 2021 at 8:37 PM

  5. Probably many photographers share your sense of urgency to work in fog.
    Spiderwebs may be a cliché, but you’re right that they’re hard for a photographer to resist.

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    October 17, 2021 at 10:41 PM

    • I do love to look at other people’s photographs taken in fog. Thanks for writing, Steve.


      October 18, 2021 at 5:24 PM

  6. Jag

    Very beautiful foggy images!

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    October 18, 2021 at 4:24 AM

  7. Good pictures – esp like 4. 🙂

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    October 18, 2021 at 9:02 AM

    • Thank you, Adrian. I keep being surprised at how many different grasses there are on our grounds.

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      October 18, 2021 at 5:25 PM

  8. Fine set, Linda; your new camera does a good job with plants, grasses, trees etc. crispy, sharp and fine colors.

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    October 18, 2021 at 10:34 AM

    • Thanks, Harrie. I’m still learning about getting the focus I want. But when it happens, yes, the camera has done a good job.


      October 18, 2021 at 5:26 PM

  9. I love number 4! And dewy spider webs, cliche or not, never get old for me.

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    October 18, 2021 at 11:48 AM

    • It’s good to know that dewy spider webs still hold your attention, Jackson. About #4: It’s surprising to me (I seem to be surprised a lot!) how much interest a ditch can hold. I can think of two other photos of this ditch that I have posted on the blog. Glad you like this one.


      October 18, 2021 at 5:27 PM

  10. Beautiful photos – LOVE the spider web series!


    October 19, 2021 at 5:13 PM

  11. I think these photographs are magnificent at capturing such a wonderful atmosphere. I particularly like the spider webs.


    October 23, 2021 at 12:09 PM

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