A Rimy Morning

In winter, I am usually driving to work as the sun is coming up.  Some mornings are so beautiful that I want to stop the car and take photos. 

This morning I didn’t have to be at work.

I wanted to capture the pink haze above the horizon, which was reflected in the clouds above.  There is lilac, pink, apricot… 

I got drawn in to the texture of this gate post, with the brambles and the eerie mist.

I wondered if I might find mist coming off the river, further down the road.  I spot it when I’m driving, but it is always a stolen look, on a fast stretch of road.  I picked my way over the verge.

This scene brings to mind Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, when Pip is stealing over the marshes:

It was a rimy morning, and very damp. I had seen the damp lying on the outside of my little window, as if some goblin had been crying there all night, and using the window for a pocket-handkerchief.  Now, I saw the damp lying on the bare hedges and spare grass, like a coarser sort of spiders’ webs; hanging itself from twig to twig and blade to blade. On every rail and gate, wet lay clammy; and the marsh-mist was so thick, that the wooden finger on the post directing people to our village – a direction which they never accepted, for they never came there – was invisible to me until I was quite close under it. Then, as I looked up at it, while it dripped, it seemed to my oppressed conscience like a phantom devoting me to the Hulks.

Charles Dickens Great Expectations Chapter 2

Mist simultaneously closes in, and creates distance.  It disorientates, and makes the landscape appear what it is not.  Islands appear in a sea of mist, and flocks of birds start out of nowhere.

This sea-rimed creature reared up from the murky depths, and tried to grab me by the ankles.

There was a meadow of ghostly teasels…

The light had a dream-like quality. I was mesmerised.

The sun popped up from beyond the horizon, and I came to my senses.

Others were not so lucky.  There were sea-wrecks and carcasses of long-forgotten beasts.

Then I saw a pearly glimmer on the higher ground.  And this gave me another idea…

Join me in my next post for my further adventures in mist.  It is going to be magical!

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48 Comments Add yours

  1. Christina says:

    Loved reading this.

    1. Thank you Christina, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  2. photosociology says:

    Beautiful photos and I love your mini stories that link them together.

  3. Love the word ‘rimy’- brilliant!

    1. It is a good word, isn’t it?

  4. Gorgeous photos that took me into another world. Fabulous, thank you Ali! They’re really special 🙂

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment.

  5. Lovely Ali! Love the excerpt from Great Expectations – one of my favorite books I read in high school. The book, like your photos was very haunting.

    1. It is a fantastically haunting book, isn’t it? I love it too.

  6. This post is magical! The photos are gorgeous and the mist is enchanting. Rimy, love this word!!

    1. I am glad you liked it, Lisa. It doesn’t come up often, but it’s a good word! 😂

  7. Ann Mackay says:

    Such atmospheric photographs! And I loved your descriptions – they really added to the hushed, magical world of unfolding secrets…

    1. Thank you Ann, I am glad you came along!

      1. Ann Mackay says:

        So am I, hehe!

  8. Jodi says:

    Sooo beautiful!!

  9. Maggie Frost says:

    Ali, how lovely the mist is. I call it the “mysterious mist”, for I do feel that it has a life of its own which I am privileged to see into periodically. I live out in the country where many mornings begin with a ground mist that is so ethereal, so gossamer, and if I am driving somewhere, I have stopped to get out and photo it. May I share a photo sometime with you?

    1. I’m glad you appreciated the mist; it does have a mysterious life of its own. Yes, do share a photo!

  10. Kate Russell says:

    I could almost feel its soft wetness, and hear muffled cars and bird calls in the distance. Lovely.

    1. I am glad you got it, Kate. Thank you for reading.

  11. Heyjude says:

    Two photos stand out for me in this post – the mist over the river (first one) and the penultimate image with the mist and the fallen tree. You live in a mystical landscape Ali. Beautifully captured.

    1. They were my favourites too. It is a surprisingly diverse county with many weather conditions!

  12. Chloris says:

    Gorgeous atmospheric photos. Great Expectations is my favourite Dickens. I always tell my children I’ve ‘brought them up by hand’ and ‘What larks Pip’ is a family saying. Your early morning photos almost tempt me out of bed early.

    1. I love those quotations. And I love having special family ones!

  13. bcparkison says:

    Oh it is magical and I will be there.

  14. I love misty, moisty mornings of fog and mists! Thank you for sharing your early morning with me. And, yes, I’ll join you on your next ramble.

    1. It certainly was misty moisty!

  15. Love misty mornings and a great photo opportunity Ali. You’ve got some good ones there.

    1. I was lucky to be able to wander the fields at that time!

  16. Beautiful photos! I love the early mornings.

    1. It is my favourite time of day.

  17. Mystery and beauty make for a powerful combination, Ali. I love the Dickens quote, perfection.

    1. I enjoyed re-discovering it!

  18. Emma Cownie says:

    Oh those photos of the mist are sublime!!

  19. gaiainaction says:

    So very beautiful Ali, thank you for taking us along on your journey, very much enjoyed!

  20. These are some of your best photographs Ali! Just beautiful!

  21. I love mist and fog, and you captured its beauty perfectly here. Also, Great Expectations is one of my favorite books.

  22. Cathy says:

    Glorious pictures (and text!) – the misty one with the teasels is a masterpiece…

    1. It was an amazing site to see layers upon layers of them, with the sun behind.

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