The Golden Hour

When I began putting more time into photography, I began to look at light differently. One of the first things a photographer learns about are those two magical hours, twilight and dawn. At first I didn’t pay too much attention to it. I was more focused on capturing moments of emotion in people or situations. You can’t always count on good light for that.

But after opening my eyes to the soft honey light that bathes the world for those brief moments every day, well, after a while I find myself looking forward to it.

So this week, I’m once again taking up the Weekly Photo Challenge, which is to take a photograph during the golden hour.


Recently, I moved to the desert. Some people might find it hard to love it here. The endless miles of sagebrush. Bare hills. The isolation. Jack rabbits and coyotes are my closest neighbors.

But I love it. I quit my full time job and am freelancing from home now. Every day, I feel myself unplugging, unwinding. Slowing down.


I’m an early riser and my favorite way to start the day is with a cup of coffee on the back porch watching the hills change from amber to golden to dusky green and beige. It’s easy to appreciate life when each day begins with soft light moving across the mountains.


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