There are few images more satisfying to me in the morning than sea smoke.
I wake up and look out the window, welcoming each new 10 degree day. The shore is about 200 yards from my bedroom and as I slowly wake up...HA! Wait a second, you guys all know me already so I will rephrase, as I quickly wake up and stare out the window, I always hope for my favorite treat...sea smoke. It is this glorious, steamy looking smoke that floats off the ocean water and gives the illusion that that sea has become a giant hot tub. It is almost hard to believe that it is absolutely frigid out. For a moment I can imagine being in the west, lying in a hot spring, surrounded by cedar and snow, and immersed in toasty warm water.
As I take the dogs out for the morning stroll, I maneuver over the ice that has formed a permanent layer on my walkway (I find it thrilling to have a death trap greet me each morning.) My illusions of hot springs and steam quickly fade. But.... I am left with the most wonderful view.