As frequent visitors to the Gettysburg National Military Park researching the participation of my wife’s family in many different regiments during the battle, my wife and I had a strange occurrence one morning. We always arrive at our chosen point on the battlefield well before sunrise each visit. This particular morning we were set up on Cemetery Hill facing Culp’s Hill and the soon to be arriving sunrise. The morning had good promise as there was some ground fog in place already. Suddenly, from the lower part of the valley, a thick fog began rolling in. It didn’t appear from the ground up as normally happens, but was a dense mass pushing into the valley. It covered the ground up to a knoll to our right and just left parts of the treetops visible. From then on it was just scrambling around with the camera on the tripod, hitting the infrared remote and then moving again.
When the sun come out a half hour later the fog began to reverse itself to disappear from the point it came. It didn’t dissipate as normal, but rolled back out the valley from where it originated. Just another mystifying occurrence
—Steven B. Waite
Technical Info: Photo was taken with a Nikon D80 camera and a Tokina 12-24mm f/4 lens. Exposure was 1/200 sec at f/5.6 at ISO 200.
© Steven B. Waite
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