It has been a while since we had a morning like this. I must admit, I looked up the definition of a pea-souper, but that’s a fairly precise definition of a fog involving pollution, giving the mist a green & yellow colouring and is very unpleasant and unhealthy to breathe in. This was thick. I reckon visibility was 250 yards but it wasn’t at all unpleasant. Well, not unless you were driving or at sea.
On the cruise before last, the Iceland cruise, the ship we were on went through a fog bank where if we were stood at the bow or the Stern, we couldn’t see the other end of the ship. Given that we weren’t that far outside the arctic circle and we were passing a huge iceberg, it was just a tad disconcerting. Not at all relevant to todays post, just an interesting aside.
Back to this morning. The key feature was the mist, it was everywhere. I do like a good mist, it offers some really nice photo opportunities. I particularly like the rather forlorn, solitary or almost solitary boats looking abandoned, there’s something spooky about it. There’s a lot here in Gosport that makes me think of the Charles Dickens story, I’m sure it’s great expectations, but I’m not certain. For some reason I recall it being a very disturbing film. Apparently the location in question was Chatham Docks.
Even before I left the house I could hear the fog horns. Then as I was down at the waterfront, there were not only the land based horns, the ships were sounding theirs as well. It was quite a noisy morning.
I changed my walking route, I did a full circuit of the cockle ponds. There weren’t very many Jellyfish on the southern side of the south pond, where I saw them yesterday morning, but there were thousands on the north side and, unusually in the north pond. I don’t recall seeing them there last year, but they probably were. By far the greater bulk of them were very small, around a centimetre across. I’m really looking forward to seeing them grow.