I guess the price you have to pay if you live near a lake is fog. In the area where I live we have a lot of it, and for almost half of the year. Usually it starts around October, when the nights get cold. And it can last till spring really overcomes the winter, so around April.
Most people around my area don’t like the foggy days at all. First, fog is the embassador of the winter, the cold season. Second, there are many car accidents because of bad sight, so there is a real danger to it.
There are beautiful sides of fog as well. It is also the embassador of the “silent” time of the year. Instead of going outdoors, you stay home. A cup of coffee or tea, a good book or movie. And the sizzling noise and warmth of the wooden oven give you this extra feeling of “home” and comfort.
As a landscape Photographer, fog is just incredible. In whatever altitude and density it will occur it will give your images one thing for sure. ATMOSPHERE. You start photographing in the valleys, hardly anyone on the streets, the view is very limited. Only those amazing autumn colors pond through the fog. You hike further up the slopes till you get your first glimpse of the sun, with those amazing sunbeams that you can see because of the fog. And on top of the mountain, your looking down on the inversion. Giving you the feeling of standing at the ocean, and the surrounding summits looking out of the fog like islands. The warmth of the sun on your skin nearly makes you forget how cold and inhospitable it is down in the valleys.
Fog can be really depressing at times, especially after days when you have no chance to escape it. But if you overcome your lack of motivation, go outside and hike up, the reward is incredible. And in the end, there is plenty of time for tea and a movie after you return from your hike.