Trapped in the Marine Layer

In Coastal California, we have something called the “marine layer,” an air mass which forms over the ocean when there’s a temperature inversion. According to Wikipedia, “the inversion itself is usually initiated by the cooling effect of the water on the surface layer of an otherwise warm air mass. As it cools, the surface air becomes denser than the warmer air above it, and thus becomes trapped below it.” Usually, the marine layer bakes off by noon or earlier. Once in a while, it stays over land and the ground will be wet, but there’s no rain or drizzle. It’s like the air is “sweating.”

When this happened one day last week, the moisture made some unusual formations on our roses:

dark pink

It almost looks like bubble wrap or crystallized sugar, doesn’t it? I just found out the name of this rose: “Miss All-American Beauty.”

pink bubbles

This peach-colored rose, my favorite, is “Mother of Pearl.”

white rose bubbles

I’m not crazy about white roses, but this “John F. Kennedy” is starting to growing on me, no pun intended.

Hope your week’s going well so far. . . .


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12 Responses to Trapped in the Marine Layer

  1. bonniegunkel says:

    Absolutely beautiful shots!

  2. Cheryl says:

    Love the unusual pattern in the droplets! Great shots, Carole.

  3. Caroline says:

    Wonderful, I’ve never seen anything like this. Especially amazing on the white rose.

  4. How neat! Is this marine layer like humidity? I imagine it would make for some very bad hair days. πŸ™‚

  5. Helen says:

    What a strange effect πŸ™‚ Lovely shots πŸ™‚

  6. Lady Jennie says:

    So cool!!! Love the nature bubble wrap.

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