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About the picture
The Diestelhorst Bridge spans the Sacramento River in Redding and was the first concrete bridge to do so in Northern California. It was completed in 1915. This image shows the old and the new bridges side by side. The new bridge behind is called the Lake Redding Bridge. The Diestelhorst Bridge is now closed to cars. People use it for biking and walking the River Trail, which the bridge connects. It's a great place to watch the setting sun on the Sacramento River.
I love architecture. Bridges are a favorite of mine. This old bridge is so pretty with its arches and weather beaten façade. It's seen a lot of traffic over and under. I often see fishing boats going downstream. I captured the reflection because it looks like circles. For me this enhances the bridge's beauty. The bridge design is classical and it reminds me of the roman aqueducts I saw while traveling in Europe. The river looks deceivingly calm, even though the water is moving fast and cold. The bridge seems to love it as the setting sun reflects off its face.
About the photographer
Diana Vader lives and works in the beautiful Northern (North State) California area pursuing her passion for portrait, landscape, and commercial photography.
Diana has received numerous professional awards (print of the year, best in show and numerous blue ribbons) and is a recognized leader in the academics of photography. Active in various professional organizations, Diana is always quick to support community outreach programs with her time and resources. Two favorite organizations are the Good News Rescue Mission and the CareNet Pregnancy Center & Medical Clinic. Both organizations are beacons in the Redding and surrounding communities. Diana and her husband Mike are active in Little Country Church's worship team.
Diana pursues technical excellence through continued education from both nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the photographic industry by attending and assisting with courses throughout the United States. In recognition of this pursuit, Diana has been awarded the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation by the Professional Photographic Certification Commission. (Less than 3% of all professional photographers ever achieve this distinction.)
Living amongst some of the most beautiful scenery California has to offer, Diana's landscape photography is in direct response to God's living canvas surrounding her home. Diana feels that her photography is an extension of her worship and she strives to uplift and encourage those around her with beautiful images.
Having two young children of her own, she knows all too well the value of patience, understanding, compassion and legacy. As a passionate professional, Diana pours all her energies into every photo in order to live up to the high standard that God has put upon her heart.
"When our family moved to the North State, God opened several doors and led me through them one at a time. Family, friends, colleagues and mentors all came together in concert to bring a long dormant dream of pursuing professional photography to life."
"It's a shame we often forego our passion in order to stay within the lines… Praise God that He didn't want me to stay there!"