Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

This week’s photo challenge is The Golden Hour, which Cheri Lucas Rowlands explains as follows: “In photography, the “golden hour” is the first and last hour of sunlight of the day. Photographers venture out on sunrise hikes or sunset treks to capture a magical shot, due to the quality of the light during that time of day.”

When I imagine the golden hour, the first thing that always comes to mind is early morning in the Kalahari. Specifically early winter’s mornings when the soft light (usually the Kalahari sun is very harsh) lights up the dry grasses and the coats of the animals, and everything glows.

A little Cape Fox catching the morning sun. ©WMB/notefromafrica.wordpress.com

A little African Wild Cat kitten. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com


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I live on the Southern coast of South Africa, and write about the things that interest, amuse or inspire me. You can find me at https://notesfromafrica.wordpress.com and http://southerncape.wordpress.com (my photoblog)


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14 Comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour”

  1. Eha
    July 17, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    A big hug across the Indian Ocean and that little Cape Fox probably would not stand to be cuddled the way I so would like to do . . . beautiful capture . . .

    • July 18, 2013 at 7:16 am #

      Thanks Eha! Yes, those small animals look so cute. The African Wild Cats look just like domestic cats, but are I believe quite viscous!

  2. July 17, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    I wish I was there to see them in person (animal??!). The golden hour in the African bush is pure magic! A most enjoyable post 🙂

    • July 18, 2013 at 7:17 am #

      Visiting the Kalahari is a very special experience. Difficult to describe, except that people who go there keep going back again year after year.

  3. July 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    Amazing shots! well captured! Great post!

  4. July 17, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    Reggie curls up just like the little Cape Fox when he’s sleeping. He rolls himself into a tight little ball and tucks his nose into his tail. So cute!
    Lovely photos. Hope you are well!

    • July 18, 2013 at 7:22 am #

      Rosie is too “chunky” to sleep like that, but Lucy (the cat) often lies like that too. I’m okay thanks, just finding it difficult to get back to regular blog posting and reading.

      • Eha
        July 18, 2013 at 8:00 am #

        Methinks we have more than missed you: looking forwards to seeing you in the box! Oh, Rosie too . . . of course, of course . . . 🙂 !

  5. August 4, 2013 at 6:17 am #

    Beautiful photos. I still hope to travel to S. Africa someday. What a wonderful place 🙂

    • August 31, 2013 at 7:11 am #

      Thank you for your kind comments! 🙂 We love it here, so naturally want everyone to come and visit.

  6. September 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    These are beautifully captured, Lisa. My cat curls up like that too. I am amazed that you spotted the little fox, and that it was just sleeping there in the golden light! How did you even see it, when it must have been so well camouflaged?


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