When I am in Maine during the winter, as soon as my eyes open I look to the harbor in the hope of seeing sea smoke, a phenomenon that is both magical and mysterious. What causes it? Sea smoke, or arctic steam fog, is a cloud over the sea, which could otherwise be called fog, and is usually formed when very cold air moves over warmer water.
In nine years of hoping, I’ve not been lucky enough to witness sea smoke on Rockport Harbor first hand, but thanks to my friend and renowned photographer Peter Ralston I have just experienced it from afar. He was kind enough to send these photos taken a few days ago, and with his permission I am sharing them with you so you can enjoy the wonder of sea smoke.
In the distance you can glimpse Indian Island which can be seen in another season here.
And here are the lobster boats, which recently appeared here, shrouded in sea smoke.
How Peter always happens to be in the right place at the right time with his camera amazes me, and for these photos I’m so glad he was. I’m betting that with his incredible printing skills, these shots will become beautiful prints available from his Rockport gallery.
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