On Saturday, Tom and I were in South Haven (Tom and 4 friends having just run a 33.5-mile relay from Kalamazoo to South Haven on the Kal-Haven Trail). While Saturday started out foggy in Kalamazoo, the fog burned off during the run and it ended up as one of those beautiful, sunny, blue-sky spring days.
A great day to head out to the South Haven beach and walk the pier!
Or maybe not so much.
A block from the pier, the sun was shining. But as we got closer to Lake Michigan, everything was socked in with fog. Very . . . moody-broody.
(Usually, at this point in the walk, the bright red lighthouse at the end of the pier is an impressive sight.) (Promotional shots here.)
It was fun (and chilly) to walk the pier in the fog. Everything was subdued. Kind of . . . wrapped up and quiet.
Eventually, the lighthouse revealed itself.
This moody-broody fog is "sea fog" or "lake fog" -- a phenomenon that happens when warm, moist air flows over cold water. It happens over coastal areas of the oceans, the Gulf of Mexico . . . and the Great Lakes.
I'd never experienced it on Lake Michigan before (although I've seen it pretty much every time I cross the Golden Gate Bridge).
Things are always interesting on the lakeshore!
Ahhhh. There's that bright, red lighthouse!