Wednesday, 1 April 2009


A ghostly Arbroath Harbour as a sea mist or Haar as it's known in these parts, descends.
According to the Scots Dictionary, haar is a type of cold mist or fog from the North Sea which frequently occurs along the East Coast of Scotland. The word is of Dutch origin coming from either the Middle Dutch word Hare, meaning biting wind, or the Frisian word Harig, meaning damp.
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  1. I really like these photos, the mist, boats, reflections in the water - it is wet allright!

  2. The mist lends its hand in adding alot of charactor. Nice captures Smiles B

  3. the mist sure makes it interesting.

  4. Haar rocks in terms of the ghoslty atomosphere it creates but it can be a right pain the jaxi when everone 5 miles from the coast is basking under blue blue skies and we in Embra (or Arbroath) are freezin our nads off in the chilly misty stuff.

    On another topic from a few weeks ago, i asked my pal who knows about such things, what kinda treees they were and this is what she said:

    As for the trees the shape looks like an elm or oak but the amount of skinny branches says other wise. the branches could be witches broom which is a defence macanism from damage caused by pests or disease. This makes the tree produce loads of thin branches like birds nests but i'Ve never seen it that bad. I really need to see a leaf. So in a nutshell no I don't have a clue.

    So there you have it.

    All the best, pal.

  5. I drive into Arbroath from Forfar every morning Naldo and as I reach the high spot about two miles from Arbroath I can often see the haar sitting over half the town, despite being in blazing sunshine. And unfortunately I work just round the corner from the harbour!
    Cheers for the info on the trees, your pal is obviously a bit of an expert, I'll try to get a close up or even a shot of a leaf! Then we can put some real pressure on her!