One of the things we expect in fiction is that it gives us a different view of the world: another climate, a different culture, an alternate view of bravery, responsibility, ethics.

One of the daily miracles of modern life is the flowering of all kinds of different views: the earth from distant space, the immensely slowed motion of a hummingbird’s wings, the brain lighting up in reaction to stimulus.  Again: providing startling points of view of everyday life.

Such as this.  I live on California’s central coast, where fog is a sure indicator of summer–heat inland draws the cool air from the ocean, turning our mornings are grey, keeping our sunny afternoons brief. Fog is a thing one sees approaching, then looks up and sees taking over.  Those of us who live on hills occasionally become an island above a grey sea.


One thing fog isn’t is quick, in both senses: fast, and alive.  But then one sees film evidence of the secret life of fog, washing over familiar hills in threads and waves. A different view of my own world.


Adrift from Simon Christen on Vimeo.

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  1. KarenB on July 10, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Beautiful. Thank you.

  2. Barb on July 10, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Walking home in the evening in San Francisco in the fog. My best memory. Loved it and miss it.

  3. The Bold Flying Officer on July 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Oh, I say! How magnificent. Tiz amazing what time-lapse photography can depict. The closest I’ve come to this experience was my first time penetrating cloud into the sun-lit world above while a 15-year-old air cadet on an air experience flight in an old, four-engine (driving propellers) Handley Page Hastings transport aircraft of Her Majesty’s Aerial Huzzars (aka the Royal Air Force), circa 1964. Tiz another magical world.

    Mike (aka TBFO)

  4. Lynne K on July 11, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing such a serene and joyful film about the beauty of nature

  5. Gail Lelyveld on July 16, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Thoought your Maneparsee (sic) was brilliant. Sorry about the spelling.

  6. Laraine on July 18, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Very cool, Laurie. Seeing fog as river makes it a little more intriguing to deal with our ‘June gloom’ days (still, in July) down south here. Thanks!
    BTW, I haven’t been commenting much, as I’m up to my ears in research just now, but I do read each post, with relish–thanks for continuing the conversation.

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