"Russian Ridge in Summer" - photograph from Russian Ridge Open Space, California
"Russian Ridge in Summer"
I love watching this group of trees in Russian Ridge change throughout the seasons. While not the most dramatic season in the CaliforniaBay Area, summer is certainly the most peaceful – at least in the evening, when temperatures become more mild. This shifts the fog back towards the coastline, and thus is no more than a subtle background element from this vantage. This leaves the emptysky a dull gold with hints of red, which matches the drylandscape perfectly. To me, these summer scenes in the Santa Cruz Mountains ooze relaxation, and make me want to pour a glass of wine and just slow down.