Foggy in the Finger Lakes

by Fred Bertram

When I head out in early morning to photograph nature I don’t expect to find fog, but when I do it opens up new photographic opportunities and creative possibilities. It can be very localized, often due to warmer ground and bodies of water after a particularly cold night. Fog creates a mystical world where detail and distance are hidden and ephemeral scenes lie in front of you. You often have to catch the image before the sun gains strength and dissipates the fog.

Some of my favorite places to photograph fog in the Finger Lakes include Letchworth State Park, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, the overlooks at Harriet Spencer Park near Honeoye Lake and from the scenic overlook to Canandaigua Lake on Route 12 between Naples and South Bristol. Don’t forget to get there early for the best shots.




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