Lest you think I hate the sun completely, let me add a photographer’s thumbs up to the magical hours – the golden hours – the hour just after the sun comes up and the hour just before the sun goes down. Now that is perfect sunlight… soft, more colorful somehow, and the angle produces the most dramatic shadows.
Dawn and dusk. Probably my favorite times of the day, too… light or no light. Dawn especially. So few people are up at this hour. The world is quiet. The people world is quiet that is. The birds are often competing with one another to see who can be the loudest, or the prettiest. Often the wind is still, the waters calm. I can sneak out of the house, have coffee with my mom, take the dog for a walk in the woods, snapping photos as I go, and be back before the rest of my family is even out of bed. On the one hand I think that is such a shame… they are missing one of the best times of the day. On the other hand, it’s me time… time to do what I like to do. Time to think. Time to breathe fresh air. Time to walk. Time to take pictures.
Dusk is pretty, too. The natural world seems willing to just settle down… Except the robins who sing forever, “Please don’t make me go to sleep. I’m not tired yet.” And the frogs… hoping for a little passion of their own. The people world is more frantic, more resistant. They turn on lights and try to prolong the day that they were so reluctant to start at dawn. What’s up with that? Don’t want to get up with the sun… and don’t want to let the sun go down.
I think one of the biggest problems people have is that they are totally out of touch with the natural rhythms of life. In winter, we long for summer. In summer, we long for cool breezes. We sleep through the early morning, then try to prolong the day with artificial lights. We have lost touch with a real night sky because we are afraid of the dark.
Here’s a photo from last summer. Dawn light, and another of my favorite effects – backlighting. We don’t have Day Lilies blooming yet. My tulips are still tight buds, in fact. They’ll be opening soon enough. I’m content to wait and let things unfold in their own time. In the meantime, the sun is coming up. I better go watch it.
What’s your favorite time of day?