Slightly Foggy Fall Morning / Natural Beauty

Before Sunrise

A slightly foggy view down our driveway one fall morning

An early-morning slightly-foggy rather-frosty view down our driveway, as the fall colors are almost gone.

One recent morning as Laura was leaving for school, I saw that there was a good bit of frost on the ground along with some light fog. In fact, I had seen earlier that morning that there was a freezing fog advisory. On most late fall and winter mornings, I am freezing and in a fog, but I don’t think that is what the warning was about.

Anyway, I grabbed my camera after Laura left to get a foggy photo or two. I had taken most of the recent fall photos on sunny days. But this time around, I wanted to capture the early morning feel. I went out about 10 minutes before sunrise. There was plenty of light to see, and plenty of light for photos. But the early morning and late evening hours almost have a magical feel to them. Everything looks different without the sunlight.

Another View

A foggy view across the front yard

In addition to the somewhat standard driveway view that has been seen here many times before, I turned slightly to get another angle, looking out across the foggy front yard. In both of these photos, you can see a little bit of the fog and some of the frost, too.

I liked the gradient of the sky as it goes from colorless at the horizon to blue overhead. I like the frosty green tones of the winter grass, too. You can still see a few orange leaves on sweetgum tree. And of course the pine tree is still nice and green.

It was a beautiful morning, even if it was a little cold. It made me thankful for the beauty of nature. And it also made me thankful for a hat and coat, and for heat when I went back inside.

Thankful for Nature

Whenever I feel the need to be thankful for something, I just take a look outside. There is so much to be thankful for out there with the grass, trees, birds, animals, frost, fog, clouds, sun, moon, stars, leaves, wind, rain, and whatever else you can see out there.

And I am not just talking about here at home, either. From just about anywhere, you can look outside and see the beauty of God’s creation and be thankful for it. It might be that you are in the middle of a big city and all you can see of nature is the sky above, and maybe a tree or two. But you can be thankful for that, too. If you can only see a little, be thankful for that little bit that you can see.

You do not have to be out on a beautiful beach or among some snow-capped mountains to be thankful for the beauty of nature. It is all around us, even if we have to look around some of the manmade things to see it.

Natural beauty is one of God’s great gifts. And for that I am thankful.

Bible Verse

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. - Psalm 86:8

About the Photos

Getting the color saturation just right took a little work on these photos. I wanted to bring out all of those beautiful colors, but I also did not want them to overwhelm the photo. And I wanted to make sure everything looked the right amount of foggy, too. My first attempt was a bit too much, so I went back and reworked the colors slightly. Hopefully, you will like what you see here.

Right after I took these photos, Copper the Beagle showed up, but he did not stick around long enough for a photo, so you will just have to imagine him in these scenes.

And maybe the next time I will think to turn on the front yard light for these photos. Although it was getting light out, I think having the post light on might have added a little to these photos. Oh well, something for later.

Photo: Each photo is a single Raw exposure, processed in Aurora HDR. Read more about photography tips, photo software, camera gear, and more at Steve’s Photography Tips.
Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II
Lens: Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens
Date: November 23, 2020
Location: Home, WillistonTennessee


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