Don't miss your golden hours!

In Week 35 of the Great Wake-Up our challenge was to seek out sunrise and sunsets and see what we notice.

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I was so happy when I read this challenge - one of my favourite pass-times!

We have beautiful sunsets on the Fens, and seeing them is a highlight of many of my days; in fact, I started wondering this week if a reason I'm not keen on summer (other than the icky heat) is that the sun rises too early and sets too late for me to see it... One of the best aspects of self-employment is that I can enjoy winter sunrises and sunsets again, instead of being hours into my day and staring at a screen.

Photographers call sunrise and sunset the "golden hours" for a good reason - the quality of the light is magical, and deserves our attention.

So, what did I notice myself noticing? For a start, I found myself reflecting on how important it is to grab moments when they happen - that blaze of colours may have disappeared if you delay enjoying it to grab your camera/finish an e-mail/etc.

The other thing I noticed were the qualities I love about sunrises and sunsets. Sunsets are often a brilliant hurrah, blazing across the sky and grabbing you by the throat - they get a lot of attention, the gaudy monkeys! Personally, I prefer sunrise - quiet and glowing, lighting the mist in the hollows and painting an ethereal world where dreams are still close enough to touch...

Of course, I won't quibble with having both!


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Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy
over 5 years ago
I love the line, " ethereal world where dreams are still close enough to touch." Billy Shakespeare would be proud of that. It is a beautiful thought/line - I loved it. Loved the photo too. I couldn't/can't take a decent enough photo from my window because the camera just can't capture the magic of the sunrise (as you alluded to yourself). This challenge made me realise how much I love sunset and how calming it is. Glad to know you feel the same - yeah-yeah!
Go to the profile of Sarah-Kate Goodwin
over 5 years ago
Grab moments when they happen, something to be taken into all aspects of life. Just Lovely! x
Go to the profile of Jacqui
over 5 years ago
I can imagine you in your beautiful garden appreciating the awesomeness of these times of day. A lovely post.
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
over 5 years ago
Super post Vanessa, great analogies. A sunrise/sunset lover for sure. C x