Mist-ical

Another very early morning.

No sky to speak of.

Shrouds of mist that suddenly part to reveal

The dim figures of birds.

I can’t see anything. Fumble with the lens cap

And then just shoot where I can vaguely make out

A feathered soul floating in the sky.

It’s only when I upload my photos that I realize

The camera and heron worked in harmony

To give me the gift of these magically misty shots.

Sometimes not having a sky can be a gift in itself.

For clearer skies, please visit: Skywatch.

98 responses

  1. I like your poems and your photos. Great!
    Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.
    Maggoe

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    September 22, 2011 at 12:35

  2. These images are just exquisite!

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    September 22, 2011 at 12:44

  3. What fantastic shots. You are lucky to live where you do!

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    September 22, 2011 at 12:56

  4. Wow. Just wow. Stunning shots, but combined with the words? Haunting.

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    September 22, 2011 at 13:14

  5. Magical! Even when you can’t see you capture beauty!

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    September 22, 2011 at 13:30

  6. Amazing detail, despite the fog. Mysterious is a spot-on description!🙂

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    September 22, 2011 at 13:30

  7. the pictures are as haunting as the poem.. beautiful..🙂

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    September 22, 2011 at 13:42

  8. wow those are magical shots….fog makes such great mystery…very cool…almost dream like….

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    September 22, 2011 at 13:55

  9. Your pictures are as always beautiful – I really like the mystery that comes with the early morning darkness and these birds with their long wings extending in the sky.

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    September 22, 2011 at 14:04

  10. Isn’t it a sweet surprise when you capture something but don’t know it until uploading! I love the fog and these images are awesome captures. Great eye!

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    September 22, 2011 at 15:31

  11. Great shot because you must be difficult to take a shot such a situation.
    Also good your sentence.🙂

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    September 22, 2011 at 15:47

  12. How truly inspired your were to press the shutter button without really seeing what you were taking. Beautiful work🙂

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    September 22, 2011 at 15:52

  13. your photos are gorgeous despite the fog. 🙂

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    September 22, 2011 at 16:02

  14. I would say that your camera & the heron worked very nicely together… beautiful captures, Lady Fi =)

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    September 22, 2011 at 16:12

  15. I cannot see the words I type in the comment box for some reason. The box just remains black. But after I click post, I can see the comment posted above the box.

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    September 22, 2011 at 17:47

  16. Magical shots. Amazing !

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    September 22, 2011 at 17:50

  17. Really delicious, I love the framing of that preciosovuelo in the fog.

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    September 22, 2011 at 17:56

  18. You are right, this is mystical as well as magical.

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    September 22, 2011 at 18:08

  19. Jen

    So worth the effort, those are great shots.

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    September 22, 2011 at 18:38

  20. A “feathered soul,” and skywatching in the absence of sky–beautiful!

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    September 22, 2011 at 18:40

  21. Wow! Those are the MOST wonderful pictures — and who would ever have thought that a gray sky could give you so much beauty.. You’re a master!

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    September 22, 2011 at 19:05

  22. I love these shots. It is very mystical and great catching the heron in flight.

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    September 22, 2011 at 20:03

  23. o fi…thank you for sharing this mystical beauty with all of us…a gift I accept with humility and gratitude. YOU are such a gift to all of us.

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    September 22, 2011 at 20:11

  24. Maggie May

    That was brilliant photography with an etherial effect that made me feel a bit shivery!
    Autumn is here and we have to face another long winter.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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    September 22, 2011 at 21:16


  25. · Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful and so on.

    · the best for you

    CR & LMA
    ________________________________
    ·

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    September 22, 2011 at 21:52

  26. Moments like that are just magic and lucky you to be able to enjoy them up close
    Thanks for your kind comments on my blog earlier

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    September 22, 2011 at 21:52

  27. imac

    Pure mystic magic.

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    September 22, 2011 at 23:01

  28. Love the misty morning. Love the heron. Love these photos and the words to complement them. Thanks.

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    September 22, 2011 at 23:06

  29. I love the mood of these photos. Yes, absence of sky really isolates the subject. Nice job!

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    September 22, 2011 at 23:08

  30. Riet

    Amazing photo’s in the fog. Bautiful shots. Very special

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    September 22, 2011 at 23:25

  31. awesome (~_~) looks like my back yard, the river, the herons, the mist
    lovely words, awesome photos

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    September 22, 2011 at 23:34

  32. I love foggy scenes and the herons are beautiful. I also love Jade’s comment and description “Haunting”. Lovely photo, happy skywatching!

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    September 22, 2011 at 23:42

  33. –Lady Fi,
    “A feathered soul floating in the sky.”
    Sometimes when I observe your photos, I get all choked up inside.
    This was one of them. Beautiful. x

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    September 23, 2011 at 00:55

  34. These birds are my god. Beautiful!

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    September 23, 2011 at 03:59

  35. Ohh love that fog! really cool shots!

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    September 23, 2011 at 04:18

  36. The Gift should be available now! Try it!🙂

    Love the fog…

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    September 23, 2011 at 04:23

  37. This is lovely. We do get some very misty mornings, but I am always rushing off to work, and never aprreciate the birds.

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    September 23, 2011 at 04:46

  38. Such breathtakingly lovely captures! I do love the misty days/mornings! I always look forward to your captures and I’m never disappointed! So glad to have you as a team member! Have a beautiful weekend! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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    September 23, 2011 at 05:09

  39. sometimes you just have to shoot & hope. Then at home, sometimes like for you today, MAGIC!

    But your are the magician….look at ALL us visitors!

    Warm Aloha from Waikiki;

    Comfort Spiral

    >

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    September 23, 2011 at 05:16

  40. Mysterious but lovely🙂

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    September 23, 2011 at 05:26

  41. Just because you can not see the sky, doesn’t mean one isn’t there. Superb pictures.

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    September 23, 2011 at 05:29

  42. stunning!

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    September 23, 2011 at 05:38

  43. Unbelievably FAAABULOUS! I never thought of using the absence of sky as a SkyWatch subject!!

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    September 23, 2011 at 05:55

  44. the sky will be different in a few hours, its present perfection and completeness…. Happy TGIF! Hoping you can visit my skywatch post.

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    September 23, 2011 at 06:43

  45. I thought the angle of the birds’ feet looked very artistic in the top photo. Did you really not see it until you uploaded the photos?

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    September 23, 2011 at 06:49

    • I saw a blur of something and by the time I took off the lens cap, I really wasn’t sure where it was. I just tried to focus on the blur and then snapped about 8 shots.

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      September 23, 2011 at 08:41

  46. lovely! You captured that so perfectly- photos and words fit like gloves!

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    September 23, 2011 at 07:14

  47. These are terrific, absolutely winning captures.

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    September 23, 2011 at 07:18

  48. mist-ical indeed. lovely photos to see ~

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    September 23, 2011 at 07:20

  49. Very special pictures ! you captured the mist so perfectly or at least your camera did ! Beautiful !

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    September 23, 2011 at 08:21

  50. Your photos are misty -fying, your poetry, divine!

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    September 23, 2011 at 09:00

  51. for the birds it’s always clear sky and everything nice.

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    September 23, 2011 at 09:04

  52. Very good photos.

    Regards and best wishes

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    September 23, 2011 at 09:26

  53. Such misty magic! The bird in flight in this misty world almost seems to be stilled! Fascinating!

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    September 23, 2011 at 09:33

  54. These are absolutely stunning, love these captures, they have an aura of enchantment about them.) indeed, the best in life is often unexpected.))
    Have a great weekend,
    xoxo

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    September 23, 2011 at 10:25

  55. Beautiful captures of the heron flying through the misty sky.

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    September 23, 2011 at 10:46

  56. A wonderful series of photos – and taken in such difficult circumstances, too!

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    September 23, 2011 at 11:02

  57. Even in such a gloomy weather, the birds have been captured beautifully.

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    September 23, 2011 at 11:42

  58. Simply magical pictures and beautiful words

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    September 23, 2011 at 11:50

  59. These are lovely shots. To see things through mist is truly magical.

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    September 23, 2011 at 12:30

  60. Lovely! Especially the first one – the light and the composition are perfect!

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    September 23, 2011 at 13:49

  61. Those photos are awesome. It was really so nice to see how heavy fog hid them. I love most of all the, first one.

    Happy week-end!

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    September 23, 2011 at 14:18

  62. What marvelous images!

    «Louis» thanks you for visiting San Francisco Bay Daily Photo.

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    September 23, 2011 at 14:40

  63. Beautiful! It must be nearing migration time for some of these birds…

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    September 23, 2011 at 14:49

  64. Wonderful photo! I’m so glad I found your blog on Skywatch Friday; I’ve just become your latest follower!

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    September 23, 2011 at 15:28

  65. How wonderful! 🙂

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    September 23, 2011 at 15:56

  66. Oh, wow!! These shots are so wonderful, and to think, it was all serendipity!

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    September 23, 2011 at 15:57

  67. JM

    Outstanding!!! I’m speechless… I wonderf at what time in the morning you took these shots.

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    September 23, 2011 at 15:59

    • It was just before 6 in the morning!

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      September 23, 2011 at 17:20

  68. I love these pictures. Tehy really put me in that fall state of mind.

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    September 23, 2011 at 18:58

  69. These are great!

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    September 23, 2011 at 19:56

  70. Al

    Gorgeous photos, mist is so hard to capture effectively. Doesn’t that bird know the laws about landing in fog?

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    September 23, 2011 at 20:04

  71. What atmospheric photos.

    I am so pleased that I was able to convey the atmosphere of the Fiera del Vino to you in my recent post, meaning you enjoyed your visit, thankyou.

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    September 23, 2011 at 20:35

  72. Amy

    You know Fi, it´s when you don´t except to get anything you usually get the best things…and these shots were absolutely fabulous!!! Well done!

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    September 23, 2011 at 22:18

  73. Wow! Magic in the air!
    Thanks for sharing;o)

    ***
    Have a nice and happy weekend****

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    September 23, 2011 at 23:54

  74. tha´s a lot of mist. But as you say, it is good sometimes.🙂

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    September 24, 2011 at 00:09

  75. just beautiful…amazing work!

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    September 24, 2011 at 00:33

  76. Oh my! How beautiful. xo jj

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    September 24, 2011 at 01:08

  77. Gorgeous shots.

    My Skywatch, have a safe weekend!

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    September 24, 2011 at 01:55

  78. Wow! What a gift. This is an amazing shot.

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    September 24, 2011 at 03:43

  79. You’ve captured mystery with your lens. I just love mist – we rarely have it at altitude. I like the aura it lends – like a dreamscape. I often think of you Fi and your magical landscape. Stay well.

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    September 24, 2011 at 03:59

  80. I always know I am going to find “something wonderful” when I click on your blog. Beautiful photo–sometimes magical things just happen. Have a lovely weekend. Mickie🙂

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    September 24, 2011 at 05:42

  81. A beautiful work of art it looks to me! Excellent :)\

    My Yatra Diary…

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    September 24, 2011 at 09:59

  82. Hi there – the pictures are splendid. Another example of where we don’t need “perfect” light to make a good picture – I should remember that more often!
    Cheers – Stewart M

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    September 24, 2011 at 11:45

  83. Wow! Very cool photo. I really like how the heron works with all the mist.

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    September 24, 2011 at 13:26

  84. Sometimes no sky is the best sky. You captured sheer beauty in the mist.

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    September 24, 2011 at 18:26

  85. Mystically misty.😉

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    September 24, 2011 at 19:14

  86. Love that last shot!!!

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    September 24, 2011 at 20:42

  87. I keep going back to that first shot… it tells such a wonderful story ♥

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    September 25, 2011 at 17:33

  88. Fabulous shots, I always think that herons are quite strange anyway and the added mist really does create atmosphere🙂

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    September 25, 2011 at 18:46

  89. Kat

    I can see why you have so many comments! I love the feel in these shots and the post above. They are so very different and yet both are about feelings. Truly poetry without words. This is the kind of thing I aim for.
    Kat

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    September 26, 2011 at 15:46

  90. El Idioto

    if you wanted more clarity, I’d recommend using the auto-tone feature in photoshop. though sometimes it makes images noisy.

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    October 1, 2011 at 06:09

  91. True magic! This is spectacular!

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    October 1, 2011 at 16:28

  92. You know you are something else, right? I can’t imagine anyone going out on a day like this to shoot photos. But you go and nail it with unbelievable shots… and to top it off the words… well… ONLY YOU can do this!

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    October 2, 2011 at 05:04

  93. beautiful! congrats on your POTW!

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    October 5, 2011 at 15:09

  94. Wow, you make the tough shots look easy LadyFi. Congrats on the POTW.

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    October 5, 2011 at 15:38

  95. This is heavenly, really gorgeous. Through your words and images I feel like I was right there.

    No wonder Hilary sent me here.

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    October 6, 2011 at 06:09

  96. I love the “unsharpness” of these enchanting images.🙂

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    November 30, 2011 at 16:58

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