Castine takes on a surreal look as sea smoke engulfs it, briefly, in the early morning.
Glancing out my bedroom window this morning, I noticed a band of sea smoke over the Bagaduce River. I grabbed my camera and headed in town. What a surprise was awaiting me when I reached the top of Windmill Hill. The town was engulfed in a dense fog of sea smoke.
Living on the coast of Maine, sea smoke on cold winter days is not an uncommon phenomenon. What was uncommon about the sea smoke today was that it did not stay over the water, but moved over the entire downtown of Castine, creating a very surreal atmosphere. In the first photo above, the sun is seen dimly through sea smoke as we look toward the post office from Court Street.
Here are a few photos from this morning.
Looking out to the shrouded Bagaduce River, from Water Street
The Town Common and Unitarian Church from School Street as the sea smoke begins to disperse.
Looking toward Green Street from School Street.
Sea Smoke hanging over Hatch's Cove.
The sea smoke left a thick coating of frost or dew on the branches.