Lost amidst the minuscule droplets.

The fog yesterday was utterly enveloping, cushioning sound and light, plugging the terrestrial hole between the San Francisco peninsula and the Marin Headlands – a cotton-candy occlusion that comforted and threatened all at the same time. Nascent streams of automobiles tore great metal rifts through the billowing nimbus to emerge unscathed on the other side, but none were ever entirely sure of their safe passage. Sometimes I close my eyes but for a moment while driving on the bridge, wondering if there really is a safe haven of land at the other end. When I flick them open again, I might be in another world, or not even alive any longer. It might have all been a vaporous dream. The rust-colored harp strings of the roadway’s suspension might go on forever and I may never get home. Would I be content amidst this cloud coffin for time immemorial?

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The fog today hung in the air over the Bay like a trapeze artist’s netting, a tempting last chance to be caught comfortably in an otherwise deadly plunge. It collected low over the top of the calm, blue water, its puffy corpus a pedestal of frosting upon which islands and great ships floated like ghostly cake decorations. The twin towers of the Golden Gate thrust upward to the sky, fighting against the sheer weight of the suffocating sea of leaden cotton, reaching out to the reflected pools of clear blue freedom above. It was a Sisyphean charge, with little reward. But I thanked it anyway.

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I always do, every day, in both directions.

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15 Responses to “Lost amidst the minuscule droplets.”

  1. divineseduction Says:
    October 2nd, 2005 at 7:25 pm

    I miss that…

  2. FunkyPlaid Says:
    October 4th, 2005 at 10:24 am

    It's still here. It will be when you come back.

  3. marasca Says:
    October 2nd, 2005 at 9:25 pm

    Those photos are incredible!!

  4. FunkyPlaid Says:
    October 4th, 2005 at 10:24 am

    Yes, and I didn't take A SINGLE ONE!

  5. marasca Says:
    October 5th, 2005 at 10:58 pm

    Aw! You cheater! I was totally impressed by your mad photography skills for a day or two there.

  6. FunkyPlaid Says:
    October 5th, 2005 at 11:02 pm

    You just hang tight there, baby. I'll show you some photography yet.
    🙂

  7. psymbiotic Says:
    October 3rd, 2005 at 12:17 am

    *homesick*
    Egan :<

  8. FunkyPlaid Says:
    October 4th, 2005 at 10:24 am

    I'll send you a waft of fog, Egan.

  9. psymbiotic Says:
    October 5th, 2005 at 12:57 am

    Thanks, dude! I'll be back in the Bay Area in a few weeks to visit. Hopefully, I'll get some good fog time in while I'm there. :>
    Egan >:>

  10. sibelian Says:
    October 3rd, 2005 at 11:19 am

    WOAH.
    That is stunningly WEIRD-looking fog… and very very beautiful…
    I can hear the theme-music from "the Fog" now…

  11. FunkyPlaid Says:
    October 4th, 2005 at 10:25 am

    Heheh. You know that movie was filmed not too far away from here – in Bodega Bay. A lovely little town.
    And yes, it's foggy there.
    🙂

  12. Anonymous Says:
    October 3rd, 2005 at 9:31 pm

    Those are *so* beautiful. Thank you for posting them!!
    (Of course, in a different mood, the first one gave me an urge to say, "God must love dry ice, he made so much of it." 😉 )
    But it's good to be reminded how lucky we are to live here. Thank you for that too.
    –Kirsty

  13. FunkyPlaid Says:
    October 4th, 2005 at 10:26 am

    Dry ice, indeed!

  14. angledge Says:
    October 4th, 2005 at 2:57 pm

    WOW.
    I mean, WOW.
    You're tugging on heartstrings I didn't know were connected to anything.

  15. FunkyPlaid Says:
    October 5th, 2005 at 9:51 am

    Just wait until I change into my little angel outfit for Halloween.
    But yes, I knew you'd love this one.

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