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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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!
Thanks so much, adee. 🙂
Oh, what sweet photos. I love the windswept fields and the rainbow. 🙂
Thanks so much, CG. 🙂
These are truly golden pictures. I love the first two and the rainbow the very best, but they are all amazing. WOW.
Thanks so much, Marsha. 🙂
You are welcome, my world traveling photographic friend. 🙂
That rainbow pic and the one at the beach are amazing, makes me wish I was at that beach … relaxing … with some “me” time.
Thanks, TG. I wish I could wave a magic wand for you. 🙂
What can I say! The images are majestic! Life in that Golden hour is worth our breath 🙂
Thanks so much, Allyson. 🙂
These are such stunning images. You motivate me to chase after the light more.
Such beautiful photos! Love the capture of the double rainbow!
wow! The double rainbow is gorgeous! Lovely pictures! 🙂
Thanks so much. 🙂
All great shots!
Thank you so much. 🙂
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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..:-)
Thanks, Ed. The more I look at the ‘last stand’ pic, the more I’m drawn to it, and would love to go back there again.
Absolutely stunning have nice night
Thanks, Stefan. It’s morning here now. 🙂
I just love the lavender sky – but the rainbow is amazing (they’re so hard to capture!) Well done 😀
Thanks so much, Dianne. 🙂
Thanks, Ese. 🙂
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!
Thanks so much, Heather. 🙂
Beautiful golden hours Ad – as always 😉
Thank you. 🙂
Your golden hour images are amazing…wow!
Thanks so much, Laurie. 🙂
the one red window in the church of Santa Maria della Salute!
Yes, it looks like it’s on fire. 🙂
Stunning shots AD! I just love these golden hours! Thanks for sharing hon. 😀 big hugs*
Thanks so much, Sonel. Hugs back to you. xx
Wonderful captures.I really liked power tools pictures of this post , shining my dear friend you have nice day
Thank you so much, Stefan. I’m so glad you enjoyed my photos. 🙂
Oh these are all lovely. wonderful captures.
Thank you. Glad you liked them. 🙂
Any one of these would have been a great response to the challenge. Together they make quite a stunning gallery. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you so much. 🙂
gorgeous images AD 😀
Thanks very much, Chris. 🙂
all beautiful and I couldn’t even pic a favourite
Thanks so much, Dallas. 🙂
Thanks so much, 🙂
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!
Thanks, Peter. Unfortunately we didn’t get to go back as we still had a couple of hours travelling to reach our hotel for the night.
Fantastic pictures. I love the last one.
Thank you. 🙂
beautifull everywhere! like it much and much…….
Thank you. You’re very kind, Yisha. 🙂
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 🙂
Thanks so much, Christine. 🙂
These are all great but the last one : a work of art.
The craft barn, the rainbows, the light shining in the distance : masterful.
Super wonderful entry for the challenge.
Thanks, Issy. Yes, that last pic is one of my favourites ever. 🙂
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.
Than you so much. Getting up early isn’t one of my virtues either. 🙂
These are remarkable photos. The last two are my absolute favorites! Beautiful post, as always!
Thanks so much, Naomi. 🙂
Leaf peeping, how wonderful! I think its my favourite but I love the Venice lagoon 🙂
Thanks, Gilly. Yes, New England in the Fall is spectacular. 🙂
Thank you. 🙂
Nice of the attendant to let you get in a pic. That’s a fabulous photo. And forget that rainbow! Incredible, ad!
Thanks, Gemma. Yes, he took pity on us. I was so grateful.
You really hit the pot o’ gold on the last one though 🙂
Thanks so much, Rosy. 🙂
That bottom photo if brilliant,, all others are great, but this one is for me.. 😉
Thanks, Gerry. Gald you liked it. 🙂
Wow, all beautiful.
Thank you so much. 🙂
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. 🙂
Thanks, Gunta. Yes, that beach shot came out better than I expected, shooting almost straight into the sun. 🙂
I love the double rainbow 🙂
Me too. 🙂
Stunning pictures, ad.
Thanks so much, Hopestar. 🙂
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 🙂
Thanks very much, Ray. 🙂
Of course the Golden Hour will be the weekly theme when her in Cape Town we can excel in the gray hours 😦 Nice pics.
Hahaha. You can’t win ’em all, newsy. 🙂
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.
Thanks so much. I think this is possibly the only sunrise shot I have. 🙂
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…
Thanks so much, bulldog. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
Gorgeous shots! Bravo~
Thanks so much, Cindy. 🙂
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 🙂
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.
Sehr schön ♥
Thank you. 🙂
Great, great sunrises and sunsets. That last frame is a winner. Too bad that crane photo-bombed your Venice shot.
Don’t you think the crane adds that bit of ‘Je ne sais quoi’? 😀