The Golden Hour

Like other photographers I do love those precious minutes when the sun is very low in the sky. Cherie of Weekly Photo Challenge is focussed on The Golden Hour this week. I am still sorting the holiday photos so I cannot go back into the archive right now, but with short winter days while we were away I had plenty of early morning and later afternoon shots to choose from. goldandsilver

Sun was close to setting as we walked back to meet the dinghy on this unnamed beach in the Buccaneer Archipelago, Western Australia.

gantheaume pointHere the low sun is illuminating the fantastic rocks of Gantheaume Point, Broome, Western Australia. That beach in the distance is Cable Beach, a mecca for tourists and locals looking for a beach holiday. Every day a team of camels take people along the beach at sunrise!

nitmiluk gorgeNitmiluk Gorge is one of the best known in Australia, easily accessible to travellers on the road between Alice Springs and Darwin. We took the dinner cruise, photographing these magnificent stony walls in the afternoon light, before we enjoyed a luxurious dinner while watching the full moon rise over the craggy landscape.

marlgubillabongBirdwatching in Marlgu Billabong is incredibly special! As the day comes to a close the birds fly in to roost for the night. There is a great buzz of activity, as the nocturnal Whistling Ducks wake, and others begin to organise themselves for rest. I can’t finish this post without a sunset photo …. the Kimberley skies are powerfully coloured, passing through a huge range of shades morning and evening. conebaysunset




44 thoughts on “The Golden Hour

      • Hadn’t thought about it – but now you mention it – though I guess the custodial people have their own names to identify everything, from rocks and trees to beaches … shame we don’t use those – I’ve always hated the way we ‘English’ change the names of everywhere – why does it have to be Vienna?

        • i so agree … but at Mornington i asked about the clunky english names (Sir John Gorge etc) and they explained they could not use the indigenous names because the people to their west had a different name from the people to their east, and they could not afford to upset either group, since they need to work with them for conservation! in other places i am sure it is still racism of some kind that prevents indigenous names being used …. hopefully that is changing …

          • How interesting – though that sounds very political – I’m sure if it was suggested ‘unnamed’ places be given indigenous names the elders could come up with names they’d all accept!

          • Speaking of indigenous communities, did you see this on the Raxa Collective this morning?
            Linguist Finds a Language in Its Infancy

            Warlpiri rampaku, or Light Warlpiri, is a new language spoken only by people under 35 in Lajamanu, an isolated village of about 700 people in Australia’s Northern Territory.

          • how fascinating … a great story and heart-warming photos … sad that Warlpiri will probably die out, but Light Warlpiri might survive! thanks for alerting me to it 🙂

            i just read Good Morning Mr Sarra, by Chris Sarra … a really good read, another eye-opener for me about racism, still have a lot of ‘processing’ to do about it …

  1. la prima immagine è di morbida madreperla
    la seconda il colore delle aragoste
    nella terza i riflessi danzano come le bajadere delle mille e una notte
    la quarta è un dolce sussurrare di vento leggero
    e la quinta è una sinfonia in crescendo di rosso passione


    the first image is in soft shell
    the second the color of lobsters
    in the third the reflections dancing like bajadere delle mille e una notte
    the fourth is a sweet whisper of light wind
    and the fifth is a Symphony in red crescendo of passion


  2. There’s something about that electric quality of the light that always makes me gasp in surprise. It seems too beautiful to be real, but once it’s gone reality feels flat. Stunning photos. We truly are the lucky country.

  3. Reblogged this on Meeka's Mind and commented:
    Every so often I look out my kitchen window at just the right moment, and catch a glimpse of the ‘golden hour’. That’s when the setting sun turns the light electric.
    These glorious photos of Australia catch the ‘golden hour’ in all its glory. Thank you

  4. These are gorgeous. I am at my very happiest when I’m along the shore with the sun going down, or rising–it’s the particular slants of light that just captivate me. Your photos are really incredible, Christine. I hope you’ll be able to organize them for yourself in a way you can easily enjoy them for years to come. What an extraordinary time you had!

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