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.
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!