Lost in the fog

The weather forecast was okay but as I drove north it didn’t match the reality. The rain grew heavier and the visibility reduced. Thick fog clung to the high ground. Perhaps the sun would burn it away?

We drove on more in hope than anticipation.

The pre-wedding shoot was a washout but we did some exploring anyway and I took a few photos. Sketches I called them.

One day I might be moved to photograph more landscapes. If I ever do they won’t be sunsets and sunrises. They will be dense woodlands and fog shrouded rivers.

The Moon and the Yew Tree

This is the light of the mind, cold and planetary
The trees of the mind are black. The light is blue.
The grasses unload their griefs on my feet as if I were God
Prickling my ankles and murmuring of their humility
Fumy, spiritous mists inhabit this place.
Separated from my house by a row of headstones.
I simply cannot see where there is to get to.

The moon is no door. It is a face in its own right,
White as a knuckle and terribly upset.
It drags the sea after it like a dark crime; it is quiet
With the O-gape of complete despair. I live here.
Twice on Sunday, the bells startle the sky —
Eight great tongues affirming the Resurrection
At the end, they soberly bong out their names.

The yew tree points up, it has a Gothic shape.
The eyes lift after it and find the moon.
The moon is my mother. She is not sweet like Mary.
Her blue garments unloose small bats and owls.
How I would like to believe in tenderness -
The face of the effigy, gentled by candles,
Bending, on me in particular, its mild eyes.

I have fallen a long way. Clouds are flowering
Blue and mystical over the face of the stars
Inside the church, the saints will all be blue,
Floating on their delicate feet over the cold pews,
Their hands and faces stiff with holiness.
The moon sees nothing of this. She is bald and wild.
And the message of the yew tree is blackness - blackness and silence.
— Sylvia Plath

Shot on the Fujifilm X-Pro2 with 23mm 1.4 lens. Captured in Raw and processed using Sam Hurd’s Tea. Earl Grey Hot. Devlop preset.