WPC: The Golden Hour

This week, Cheri Lucas Rowlands tells us that “In photography, the ‘Golden Hour’ is the first and last hour of sunlight of the day, ” and challenges us to post photos taken during these golden hours.

I’m not often up and out for the morning’s golden hour, but I have on the odd occasion, been known to venture outside to witness the early morning sky.

Walking along our promenade early one morning, I caught the sun rising over the sea and bathing the sand in a wonderful golden glow.


Sunsets are more my thing, and in Venice whilst waiting for our speedboat taxi from the hotel, I was mesmerised by this gorgeous gold and lavender sky, reflected in the lagoon.


Travelling across the Venice Lagoon, the church of Santa Maria della Salute was sillhouetted against the golden backdrop of the setting sun.


In Wyoming, the Little Bighorn Battlefield with the grave markers of the two hundred and sixty-three soldiers who were killed during ‘Custer’s Last Stand’, looked so windswept and sombre under the rays of the setting sun. We arrived just as the attendant was closing the gates, but he kindly allowed us in for just a couple of minutes.


A much more cheerful golden hour was the one caught in New England when we went leaf-peeping in 2001. It had been raining for most of the day, and late in the afternoon, this double rainbow appeared.


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97 comments on “WPC: The Golden Hour

  1. Gorgeous pics, AD. Personally I love the New England one with the break in the clouds falling in just the right place and the double rainbow!

  2. That rainbow pic and the one at the beach are amazing, makes me wish I was at that beach … relaxing … with some “me” time.

  3. What can I say! The images are majestic! Life in that Golden hour is worth our breath πŸ™‚

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  5. Excellent shots, I’m torn between the rainbow pic and last stand hill for the best. I’ve been to the battlefield a couple times, both before I got into photography..:-)

  6. your shots are beautiful AD…I visit a blog where many of his shots are taken just prior to sunset and the lighting is magnificent! I rarely see a sunrise or sunset for that matter anymore…so enjoy!

  7. Stunning shots AD! I just love these golden hours! Thanks for sharing hon. πŸ˜€ big hugs*

  8. Any one of these would have been a great response to the challenge. Together they make quite a stunning gallery. Thanks for sharing.

  9. That’s a nice story of the attendant letting you in the park for a few minutes, I hope you had a chance to return the next day.

    I like the top photo with the reflection!

  10. such fabulous glowing colours ad, your last two are marvellous, the richness of landscape lit up! what a great moment you caught with the double rainbow πŸ™‚

  11. Beautiful! I rarely see the sun rise so I appreciated these. You inspire me to get up earlier. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the recent like for one of my posts.

  12. Love the reflections in that first shot most of all, but all the shots have their own charm. You’ve met the challenge beautifully again, as usual. πŸ™‚

  13. I’m not a fan of the so called golden hour. I believe it tends to flatten images and lack interest. Your promenade and rainbow images contain lots of detail that catch the eye. Both great shots. Ray πŸ™‚

  14. Despite facing partially east in Spain I rarely get decent sunrise shots. No idea why. Will be posting some up (everypic) in a while, but have gone for the sunset ones for now. Like your silhouette too.

    And, isn’t it odd, you can have a sunset shot without that golden glow, ie your Wyoming one.

    But like PT, that New England one did it for me. It’s alive. The rainbow, the catch of the red leaves, the paint. Very nice shot.

  15. What wonderful photos once more… the sunsets are brilliant… catching a good sunrise in SA is not an easy thing, our sunsets are much nicer… but yours was brilliant…

  16. Lovely photos for the challenge, i especially liked the one of Little Bighorn Battlefield. I can feel the wings of history through your photo. // Maria πŸ™‚

    • Yes, I had a very eerie feeling standing there, as though the ghosts of the soldiers were all around. I had the same feeling when I visited an ancient battle field in Ireland.

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