On very cold mornings we see sea smoke in the bay. It’s a thin layer of condensed water vapor right above the surface of the water. Sea smoke is caused by very cold air coming in over warmer water (the thermometer must be reading close to 0 degrees Fahrenheit). The evaporating water molecules condense as they enter the colder air. Sea smoke is quite wispy and incredibly beautiful. As it is often windy here, we enjoy seeing the sea smoke being blown across the bay.
Recently I observed two crows sitting in their favorite tree down by the water. Like me, they sat and watched. A short work for piano (or flute and piano, or clarinet and piano… oboe would be perhaps a bit melancholy) was the result. Strangely enough it is titled “Two Crows in a Tree Watching Sea Smoke.”