Yep, here we go again. Save the date on your calendar, here comes Art Basel Hong Kong right around the corner. Art Basel has a pretty good spread across the globe at this point, of course the annual in Basel Switzerland itself, the somewhat iconic although over rated Art Basel in Miami for all of […]
“Cloaked in fog” is such a common idiom that sometimes we don’t think about what the words really mean. Cloaked. Enveloped. Surrounded, in a way that’s both comforting and isolating. Cloaked, feeling the heavy weight wrapped all around you.
Just South Of San Francisco California, for those who might be a bit geographically lost, in Half Moon Bay, you don’t forget what it means to be cloaked in fog; the image materializes over and over throughout the year. The air strains to support the heavy grey weight that washes over the town. It’s as if the sea itself is reaching out a ghostly hand to claim more of the earth for itself—or perhaps to give the land the longing caress of an eternally unfulfilled lover always yearning and straining for more.
Unlike the Central Valley’s infamous Tule fog, or even the fog that reaches other parts of the Bay Area, Half Moon Bay’s fog is distinctly and unmistakably of the sea. The seaweed that swirls around underwater tickles your nose when the fog carries its scent to you, amid the unmistakable salt tang of the sea. Depending on the tide and the time of year, the scent can be one of death or transformation instead, as last year’s seaweed washes onto shore, where it catches thousands of empty crab shells.
Perhaps because of this fog and the constant reminder it offers of the sea, Half Moon Bay bursts into life on those beautiful days when the sun breaks through and the Pacific sparkles. The contrast draws out the vibrancy in the city, with its colors seeming even more distinct thanks to the fact that they’re no longer shadowed in grey.
The annual pumpkin festival is the perfect time to appreciate this sunlight. In all the times I’ve been, the sun has always been out. Kids with painted faces frolic and play carnival games, and everyone marvels at the size of the giant pumpkins on display.