San Francisco’s summer fog is one of its main tourist attractions, and it really is very striking. Most people admire it from a viewing point above the Golden Gate bridge and watch it swirling around the bridge’s towers.  They endure the buffeting of the wind blowing the fog through the strait and resonate with the vibrations of the cargo ships’ fog horns.

One of our enormous number of "bridge shrouded in fog" shots

One of our enormous number of “bridge shrouded in fog” shots

What you can’t see from the tourists’ photos, though, is that the fog is alive; it’s a beast creeping through the city at dawn


and at night.


It’s a living, pulsating wall between Marin and the city,


a wall that appears out of nowhere and sheaths the cars.


It pours itself over the hills and headlands, spilling into the valleys below like a waterfall or glacier.


It glows in the moonlight


and steals closer, threatening to overwhelm us and change the weather in an instant. One minute you’re standing in brilliant sunshine and the next you’re shivering and getting wet from the condensation of the fog where it brushes you – the fog-juice effect.


And since the photos really don’t show the dynamic flow of this stealthy, creeping beast, here’s a mini video of the fog pouring over the hills that gives a tiny taste.

About Natalie Gotts

I've been a management consultant, a nutritional therapist, a Journey practitioner and a mother. I've sold ostriches in China and personal safety devices in Hong Kong. Whatever I've done, and wherever I've been, I've written about it.
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3 Responses to Fog-beast

  1. Wendy Richards says:

    Hi Everyone
    Love getting your blog and your lovely photos. Good to hear you’re settling in. Big hug to Gabriella from Anty.

  2. Nicky Howard says:

    You’re getting very poetic! Lovely shots though and particularly liked the short vid. I don’t envy you four lanes of slow-moving traffic and fog though! Love to you all.

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