Russian Ridge on Easter Sunday by Matt Tilghman

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As the title states, this image was taken at Russian Ridge, California, on Easter Sunday. Driving up Page Mill road, it looked like I was going to be in for a very boring sunset. But the moment I reached the ridge, it became clear that there was just the right amount of fog, at just the right altitude, and I knew I was going to be in for a show. That is what is most fun about the spring months in the Santa Cruz Mountains – you never know what is going to be over the next ridge until you cross it. On this day, I could not have hoped for anything more beautiful. A better sermon than any church could give.

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My life is driven by the urge to observe, and process those observations. This has pushed me to pursue my PhD in scientific research, which is my current day job. It also profoundly influences my photography. This is why I often visit locations so many times — I don’t feel I can know the landscape’s personality until I’ve observed a large sample of the location’s weather, flora, seasons, etc. Only then can I understand what makes the place truly special, and begin to capture it.

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