Mendocino Coast Fog

The redwoods that grow along the Mendocino Coast need fog – lots of it – to survive. Why so much fog? The fog comes from the Pacific Ocean’s California Current where winds create upwellings that bring cold, deep, nutrient-rich waters to the surface. Those nutrients get incorporated into the fog. The fog rolls in not only bearing moisture but also nitrogen, phosphorus and some minerals. Winds and waves kick the surface high into the air, where it is incorporated into the fog that moves inland. if you see fog here you know there are redwoods close by. If you see redwoods and you stay around for a week or so the chances are you’ll see fog.

In addition to being critical to the redwoods survival it also provides for “magical” photos ……. (Click on a photo to see gallery and photo full size)