We have some wonderful friends near Wabasha, Minnesota that have a vineyard on the bluff above the Mississippi River. Each year we journey south to help with the harvest, and today the grapes were calling us. We left the Twin Cities with a clear sunrise, but as we headed towards the river the fog became thicker and thicker. Even when we got to Lake Pepin, where the Mississippi is so wide it’s called a lake, there was no lake to see. I love to photograph in the fog because it can create a clean palette to work with designs and lines, and we stopped along our trip so I could do just that. But as we headed up the bluff, away from the river to the vineyard, we broke out into the sunshine once again. Some of the trees in the area are just starting to show some yellows and golds for fall colors. From the top of the bluff I was amazed to see the layers in this photograph: the grape vines are loaded with grapes, the trees are showing some color, the Mississippi River is socked in with fog, and the Wisconsin bluffs are visible on the other side with blue sky above. It was a beautiful day to be outside picking grapes, visiting our friends and the others that were gathered to help with the harvest.
Another gem, Linda. I, too, experienced the fog on the river this morning. I took my wife to the airport, leaving the house around 6:30, and noticed a lot of ground fog. After I dropped her off, I detoured into St. Paul on Hwy 5 which crosses the river. As I looked east I could see the fog over the Mississippi, which by then was lifting some, but the color of the sunrise was the background and it really etched itself on my brain. Your photo captures a completely different look, and an amazing one. I especially love how you can see the sweep in the river, and the foreground is the perfect complement for it. I hope you get to taste some of the wine that comes out of the grapes you helped pick! You were really rewarded with this view, one I’m sure you won’t soon forget!