Antarctic Fog

A field of ice bergs in heavy fog in Harrison Passage, Antarctica
I have been thinking a lot about my 13th return trip to Antarctica. A lot of perusing images to see what fits and what is missing and what I want more of. I am very interested in Atmosphere for this upcoming trip. I feel that while these images don’t always jump out as portfolio pieces they are important components needed to add perspective and balance to my existing work.
Fog is a weather phenomenon found all over the Earth, including the polar regions. In Antarctica, however, clouds don’t form as readily in the cold, pristine air and fog forms differently here then in other parts of the planet.

In areas where sea air is cooled by the water, advection fog is most common. Consequently, this fog is also called sea fog. This fog is usually seen during certain seasons, specifically in the the  months of summer. At that time, the surface temperature of the sea water is either at its lowest temperature or recovering from a winter season where it was already at its lowest.

The fog is mystical and traveling around in heavy fog in a zodiac is quite the experience. The heavy humidity condenses on the skin. Vertigo becomes common as there is no horizon and the sea and sky blend together into a dimensionless existence. The fear of hitting something or being lost is on the mind but the desolation gives new meaning to silence. It is magical and when the sun starts to break through the experience is one you will never forget.

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