Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Golden Hour

A few days ago my neighbor called me to say that it really wasn't fair to the other trees in the neighborhood the way my maple was showing off this year.

I hadn't given it much thought, but she is right, it is a bit of a show off, and one both she and I greatly appreciate for being so boastful.

The leaves have not been as colorful or vibrant as they have in years past, but that's ok, everyone needs a little break every now and then, right?

Photographers often refer to the hour just after sunrise or just before sunset as the "golden" hour, but this time of year that golden glow seems to extend just a bit longer and I find it to be one of the prettiest times of year in terms of light.

It's been a crazy week, filled with ups and downs, frustration and jubilation, and a little bit of feeling yucky just for good measure.  But tonight, after having to cancel a lunch date with a friend who I've tried to hook up with since summer, and not making dinner for my friend "J" who is undergoing chemo (for fear I might give her something), I decided to just go outside with the dogs and enjoy that beautiful golden glow.

This time of year there really isn't a need for Photoshop or increased saturation, Mother Nature has taken care of all that for us.  So you can just point and shoot, knowing that whatever you capture will make you feel warm inside when you look at it later...though adding a cup of tea to the mix while you are resizing pictures never hurts either.


Even the inside of my house was aglow this evening, and you have to love it when your crystal decanters, some of which are antiques, and your mercury glass leaf ornaments look like works of art.

I will be gone for a few days, the Midwest has requested I make a visit.  Ok, that's not really true, parts of the country can't actually request your presence, but if they could then I would have been sent a pretty embossed invitation asking me to come for the next few days, so off I'll go.

I hope each of you has a wonderful weekend, and that you find a way to bask in your own special glow.  Oh, and I will be back tomorrow to announce the winners of my latest giveaway, I wouldn't leave you hanging, even if the Midwest does request the pleasure of my company!


  1. Beautiful shots. We actually had better color this year. The leaves will soon all be gone and then no color at all. I do love the golden glow. Have a safe trip.

  2. Hi Kat,
    What lovely photos. Looking at them makes me long for the mountains and the beautiful fall colors that I love so much.
    Fall on the coast just isn't the same and we don't see much of the golden hour, so I appreicate the pretty pictures.

    Enjoy your trip to the Midwest.


  3. At a tangent Kat, but blessings on you for sparing J your possible germs!

    Enjoy the MidWest~

  4. Beautiful Fall! Have a great trip - I know there will be pictures!

  5. Kat, Sorry you are a little under the weather.. hopefully the Midwest will be a great tonic!
    You and golden hour... made for each other!

  6. Natural things are always great to shoot. I also doing same thing in every morning or sunset. These are one of the wonders of the daily world. that bridge shot has a great lead in and the two birds are rather eye catching.

  7. All of these shots are very warm, Kat.. love the marsh grass and the vintage decanters in particular.

  8. Beautiful photos! We're several weeks past peak here, with the snow already flying. It's nice to see the vibrant orangey red in your pics since all our leaves are brown and at the curb ready for pickup. Love the glow surrounding your crystal decanters, too. Just gorgeous!

  9. Those shots are breath-taking Kat. I think Maple has every right to flaunt it - she's gorgeous

  10. Love your photos today. Nice post. We better enjoy all these sweet days while we can, right? Smiles to you,Susie

  11. Gorgeous lighting Kat. It makes the trees seem triple golden. Have a good time in the midwest.

  12. Hi Kat- can I just say that those pictures are out of this world beautiful! The light is amazing in them. You captured it all so beautifully.

    Have a wonderful time on your little trip-

    And--- your blog header is fabulous! You and your camera are amazing!

  13. It is so thrilling to have a camera in hand during the golden hour Kat, so glad you were able to go out and enjoy before your busy weekend! And the inside shot of your crystal was stunning. xo ~Lili


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