Friday, November 13, 2015

Golden hour











Right now, and for another week or so, there is a slice of late afternoon when the sun turns everything in my yard to gold. The trees over the arroyo light up for just a few minutes, looking much brighter than they do at any other time of day. It's my favorite time of day in the fall, and I have written about it in years past too. It's a good time of day to wander the yard, getting up high to look over the wall and straight up the arroyo to where it turns and disappears from sight, tawny trees diminishing into the distance.

On Tuesday, it was windy. There was a front coming in and the air turned icy. The breeze was the kind you feel in your bones and teeth, even after you're back in the house. I wanted to go outside and look around at my usual time, but the kids wanted to stay inside. Too cold, they said, too windy. Fine, then, I'll go by myself, I said, and I did. There was a lot to see. And to hear - everything rattled with dryness. Skeletal seed pods dropped around me as I passed through the courtyard - the trumpet vine shedding its slender brown beans. The little olive tree let down a shower of pale yellow leaves. The strawberry plants huddled low, russet-red and white-edged.

The glow lasted for just a few moments, the light rearranging itself, color shifting to the mountain - golden leaf giving way to rosy rock. By the time I went back into the house, the mountain was having its turn. I watched it fade to gray as I cooked dinner, one eye on the kitchen window. Ordinary miracles occurred: vegetables were sauteed, rice was spooned up, plates were dealt around the table. The day's adventures were discussed, the day's woes digested. Meanwhile, outside: darkening sky, emerging stars, whistling wind. The evening coasted toward baths and bedtime and finally, my own time (which included laundry that night, but laundry cycles are blessedly long). It was the best time of day. The best time.

40 comments:

  1. Enjoyed your photos, I love how the angle of light changes at this time of year.

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  2. Beautiful photos and beautiful words. Ordinary miracles, I have been noticing those a lot lately, one of the things that has kept me going over the last six weeks :)

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  3. I love that hour! You shared some beautiful photos and I enjoyed your words too!

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  4. Oh gosh Jennifer, you are such a beautiful writer! Posts like this, an evocative view into another world, remind me why I started following your blog, and was the perfect thing to return to (in the small hours of the night). I hope you and your family are well, x

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  5. Oh gosh Jennifer, you are such a beautiful writer! Posts like this, an evocative view into another world, remind me why I started following your blog, and was the perfect thing to return to (in the small hours of the night). I hope you and your family are well, x

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  6. So lovely Jennifer, beautifully written and gorgeous photo's too. I do like that mountain very much ♥

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  7. I love the explanation of that hour before dusk when the sun slants in all golden. We have that here too.. when it's not raining.. which is it now. :-) I enjoyed your photos.. especially the lavender. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  8. What gorgeous photos - I especially love the 4th one down. I love the light in autumn too, although yesterday was dark, rainy and extremely windy! Fingers crossed for more golden moments this weekend. Have a good one. xx

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  9. That was written so well Jennifer. Your words make me almost "see" it even without the photos. Have a little very weekend my friend.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  10. Jennifer you writing is so beautiful, and the golden light sounds exquisite x

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  11. What a beautiful view of the mountains, they must look stunning at any time but the golden light is certainly very special. Thank you for sharing such a special time, and such a beautifully written post. x

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  12. Lovely post, Jennifer - both photographically and wordly (??). :o)

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  13. How beautifully you write Jennifer, you have captured the magic of the golden hour. I love to be outside watching the sunset too, it never fails to make me stop and marvel and breathe deeply for a moment. It must be so wonderful to be able to see that fantastic mountain from your home. I hope you and yours have a good weekend. CJ xx

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  14. Such a beautiful post. The photos are a delight and captured the very essence of your descriptive passage. Enjoy those precious moments.

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  15. I felt as if I was there. Beautiful- thank you x

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  16. we are so blessed to be able to see these times!

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  17. Beautiful photo's and beautiful words Jennifer, just lovely. Have a great weekend. :) xx

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  18. I've been listening to the radio about the dreadful events in Paris last night and needed to escape to a calm place. Your post has made me smile Jennifer. Thank you for your wonderful way with words and your gorgeous pictures. Sam x

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  19. Hello Jennifer, greetings from Malaysia. You've describe the golden hour beautifully. Love the lovely pictures. Have a great Saturday!

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  20. A beautiful post, thank you. It was lovely to see some beautiful golden light, it is all grey here......

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  21. Jennifer you have just described in your inimitable way with words how I felt yesterday afternoon at golden hour when the sun was streaming through my windows. Our house has uninterrupted views to the west and we get the most amazing sunsets here. It is probably one of the main reasons (well apart from proximity to school, work, good friends and the allotment) that we have stayed in the same house for 25 years! Yesterday, however, was a blip; we're back to grey rain clouds today and I'm trying not to think about a forthcoming trip to Hamburg on Monday.

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  22. Such beautiful descriptive writing, and photos to accompany it. It's nothing but gloomy here at the moment so it's good to hear you're experiencing some golden light where you are.

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  23. It sounds just so amazing Jennifer! You certainly live in a beautiful part of the world. Have a great weekend. x

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  24. What a lovely post :) The light reflecting from the mountain is beautiful. It seems magical to me to have mountains to gaze on right outside your window. Thanks for linking up :)

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  25. Beautiful post, Jennifer, both the words and the pictures. Sometimes we have a similar late afternoon/early evening golden light here at this time of year and it is so magical.
    Helen xox

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  26. This is among my favorites of your posts, Jennifer. Viewing it is a pleasure for which I am grateful. Thank you for posting. xx

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  27. Beautiful golden hour pictures, just lovely, Jennifer xx

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  28. yes I love that time of evening...especially in November

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  29. The golden hour is my absolute favorite in the fall, too. Thank you for capturing it so beautifully!

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  30. That short time in the day when things take on this magical golden glow is stunning. I try to get out around this time and just breathe in the beauty of the colours and shadows it forms. Gorgeous post! Have a wonderful Sunday xx

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  31. A wonderful post with beautiful photos capturing this beautiful time in an autumn day.
    Have a lovely Sunday!

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  32. Beautiful photos, the golden hour is always so magical. Like everything is all warm and fuzzy.
    Have a wonderful day x

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  33. You described that beautifully, and I like to think that your evening routine is quite similar to ours. I am amazed at how fast the light shifts and changes in the afternoons here (when we actually see some sun that is...) and how I can reach for my camera only to find I'm too late, the moment just passed. I love how the light is bright yet soft all at once. x

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  34. Just lovely pictures you have shared with us.
    Different times of the day can bring a totally new perspective to a lovely scene.

    Wishing you a good week ahead.

    All the best Jan

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  35. A golden selection of photos but the feeling is right there in your words. Jo x

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  36. A beautiful description. Nothing beats nature, eh? x

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  37. lovely images.. and your words paint a picture just as lovely.
    we are having quite a glorious November aren't we?

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  38. Beautiful writing Jennifer, and as always your love of the simple pleasures and joys in life really shine through. Lovely x

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