Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Steam Fog

About 9 AM on the morning of October 3rd we were enroute to Yellowstone Park and stopped by the Campfire Campground area along the Madison River just below Hegben Dam in Southwest Montana.

It was a cool, crisp morning and skies were mostly clear. We were surprised to find steam flowing up from the river. We've seen this before but not very often. The conditions have to be just right ... the water temperature has to be higher than the air temp just above to create the steam. The slight air movement was carrying the steam to nearby trees and shrubs and creating a surreal look.

We did a little research on the web and discovered that this condition is called "steam fog." USA Today featured the photo below of some guys fishing on a lake when similar conditions occurred.

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.


  1. I've seen steam fog when I've gone up to the High Country here and it looks much the same as in that final picture. I think the beautiful fog you captured in YNP is rather amazing! :-)

  2. I am more focus on the photos rather than steam fog. Nice captures of the lovely nature! :)

  3. Love it! Simply amazing - nature!!

  4. Magical images! How lucky you were to view this beautiful scene!


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