Saturday, June 29, 2013

"Fading Light over Pacific Ocean" -- photo from Russian Ridge Open Space, California

"Fading Light over Pacific Ocean"


The coastal fog of Northern California brings moisture to the flora on the western slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains, making the landscape less dry than the precipitation totals would suggest. From high above the fog in Russian Ridge (which isn't always above the fog), it seems to me that the thick blanket is more a part of the land and sea than the sky. While the humidity of the fog can be choking when you're in it, the view from up here shows clearly that the moisture barely reaches above the ground. The sky beyond is as vacant as can be, free to transition undisturbed into twilight.

This photograph was taken only a few minutes before "Land Spray." By comparing the two, you can see just how much the light changed in only a short time. This is one of the reasons I keep coming back to Russian Ridge.  I'm always in a different location for a different type of light, and thus keep getting presented with new visions.

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