There are many places worldwide, from cities to countryside, from beaches to mountaintops and from man-made creations to places of natural beauty. They look stunning in the pure light of day or set against a beautiful sunset or the backdrop of darkness. What people don’t always realize is, how incredible they are in the fog. This article seeks to give you an idea of how magical and wonderful these places can look when surrounded by misty clouds. Fog brings a new perspective and a different ambiance to beautiful places, as you will see in the following pages.
Fog is a type of cloud, which can reduce visibility and is caused by tiny droplets of water being suspended in the air. There are many different types of fog including radiation fog, which is when the land is cooled overnight by air close to the surface, which causes condensation. There is also valley fog where cold air settles in the lower part of a valley. Fog can cause very difficult driving conditions, but for those of us willing it to look past the inconvenience fog can bring to our travels, and see the beauty fog can create, we will see the world in a different light.
This article looks at 20 well-known places around the world and how they appear under a blanket of fog.
The streets of London, surrounded in an eerie thick mist swirling around some of the iconic buildings peeking out above the dense blanket. It looks quite historical, giving the city and almost Victorian, mysterious atmosphere. The fog in London is quite famous for example in 1952 the capital was brought to a standstill with four days of dense fog which led to disruption of travel services and 4000 people died due to the weather.
Venice can be a charming and mystical place as the mist rolls in and buildings disappear into the clouds. The fog creates an eerie atmosphere as it lightly floats above the water. This type of weather seems to happen in autumn and the beginning of winter when the temperature drops and you can see your breath when you talk. The city looks extremely beautiful with the gondolas silently gliding through the water peeking out of the wisps of cloud. The fog also envelops the buildings giving them a different appearance to the way they look in the summer sun. If you are heading to Venice during the colder seasons don’t forget to pack your wellingtons and be prepared for minor travel delays.
Even in the fog, Paris is stunning as the city skyline is gently caressed in a shroud of mist. In the picture above you can see the Eiffel tower surrounded with a surreal aura, the prominent landmark magnificent against the hazy backdrop and the rays of sunshine trying to break through the murky sky. There is a strange magnetism to Paris in the fog that gives it a charming appeal.
Photo By: Dave Alexander
Dubai, the city with the highest buildings in the world is transformed under a thick blanket of fog, which reaches up to 70 storeys high. In this photo it looks like a city in the sky and this phenomenon happens only twice a year in the early morning when the weather changes from cold or hot and then six months later when it changes from hot to cold. Some people who live in these tall buildings report looking down at the clouds and sometimes describe this event as like a hazy morning or like being wrapped up in a blanket depending on the thickness of the fog.
Photo By: Guillermo Murcia
New York in the fog is gorgeous, while at street level the fog rolls in, gently bathing the city landscape in mist and changing the hue of colors in the morning light, the tallest buildings rise above peeking out above the blanket and stretching skyward creating a beautiful scene.
Photo By: David Yu
In San Francisco, fog is a typical weather phenomenon. This is due to low lying stratus clouds which are caused by a number of different factors including moisture from the ocean, the land and sea temperatures, the winds and changes in atmospheric pressure. The fog can often be seen from the golden gate bridge as it wraps around the city making it look like a magical kingdom in the sky.
Photo By: Conor MacNeill
Prague has always been a city of intrigue and mystery but the atmosphere created by fog takes this to a whole other level. Shrouded in mist the serpent like Vltava River winds its way through the city and the bridges across the river extend from one side to the other with their artistic beauty and gothic architecture creating an incredibly haunting atmosphere. The famous Charles Bridge which was constructed in 1357 has 30 statues which line the pedestrianized walkway and provide a stunning and unforgettable scene as fog swirls around them in a dreamlike haze while the filtered sunlight gives the city an ethereal glow as the early morning sun begins to rise
Photo By: Thomas Aylett
In Sydney, Australia the fog creates a subdued tone with the soft light of the rising sun over the harbor and the opera house. The mist creates a shroud over the city and the muted lights reflect in the water creating a beautiful atmosphere. Fog in Sydney occurs between April and October with the highest likelihood of it happening in June due to higher rainfall.
Photo By: Steve Cheung HK
The Hong Kong skyline can just be seen with many of the skyscrapers poking through the clouds as the fog descends into the city. Fog is common in springtime in Hong Kong as the air alternates between cold and warm air from a humid maritime airstream, which affects coastal areas to the south and causes condensation and the appearance of fog to occur. Dense fog has led to disruptions to transport but you can’t deny the beauty of the pillows of clouds nestled between the buildings like in the picture above.
Photo By: Sandeep Thomas
The Grand Canyon with a blanket of fog clouds and the walls bathed in golden sunlight make them look like they are on fire or like smoldering coals. The fog nestles among the formations of the rocks creating a surreal landscape of beauty. Fog occurs at the Grand Canyon due to a rare weather phenomenon called total cloud inversion and this happens when clouds are forced down by the warm air and can’t raise up again. This usually happens in winter and can last for almost the whole day. It creates an illusion of being high above the clouds.
Photo By: Jeff Peters