Christmas Mickey and Olaf in the Fog

Christmas inflatables of Mickey Mouse and Olaf from Frozen are highlighted by a spotlight on a foggy evening in our front yard.

Christmas inflatables of Mickey Mouse and Olaf from Frozen are highlighted by a spotlight on a foggy evening in our front yard.

We have had our Mickey and Olaf inflatables for some years now, and they add a bit of joy and happiness to our front yard each Christmas season. However, over time their internal lights have died, which makes it difficult to see them at night out here in the wilderness. So we recently got a spotlight to light them up at night. Now they can easily be seen, although usually we are the only ones who see them. But that is fine.

A couple of nights after we first put out the spotlight, a dense fog came through our area after a day of rain. As I was coming up from the horse barn, I saw this sight and could not resist getting a photo of it, even if it was just with my phone.

You could come up with several interpretations for this photo. Are Mickey and Olaf “going toward the light”? I hope not. I would like for them to be around for a while longer.

Are they about to board a giant alien spacecraft? That would be cool if one landed in our front yard, and a bit ironic if the only intelligent life they found to take back with them were a couple of cold air inflatables.

Are they performers in the spotlight on a stage, and we are looking at them from backstage? That was the image I had when I saw this. But in our front yard, the only audience members watching them on stage are deer, coyotes, and an occasional skunk.

Whatever mental thoughts this conjures up for you, I thought it was cool!

Sudden Changes

Sometimes, things change pretty quickly. On this particular day, I was surprised by how quickly the fog came in. It seemed like there was no fog, and then all of a sudden we were engulfed in fog. We went for a walk after dark, because circumstances of the day prevented us from walking earlier. The longer we walked, the more fog there was around us.

Some might complain, because fog is not always ideal. Fortunately for us, we were home and did not have to be out driving in the fog. Sorry for those who did.

However, when I saw how cool the spotlight looked in the fog, I decided that I was quite happy to have a foggy night. It all has to do with how you look at things.

Yes, fog is a pretty mild example of a sudden change. Sometimes, you can find yourself in the middle of a big, unexpected change. And it will not be easy in those times to look at things differently. On some occasions you will have to wait until you get through the situation to see the positives in it. But hopefully you will be able to in time.

Difficult circumstances can have good outcomes if you do not give up.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28

About the Photo

As I mentioned above, I took this photo with my iPhone, since I happened to have it in my pocket at the time. Actually, I almost always have it with me. And several have said that the best camera is the one that you have with you at the time. I completely agree.

Photo: A single JPG exposure
Camera: iPhone 14 Pro
Date: December 1, 2023
Location: Williston, Tennessee


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