Wherever there is light, one can photograph.~Alfred Stieglitz
This week, Amy’s beautiful challenge inspires us to explore natural light. One of the joys of photography is observing and getting to understand the power and beauty of light. So, for this week’s challenge, I’m offering you a gallery of images shot at different times of the day.
The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round.~John Muir
I must admit that I have very few sunrise images in my archives, since I am definitely not an early morning person. This image, taken a few weeks ago, was an exception to the rule. We left the house before sunrise and captured that liminal moment when the night recedes and daylight takes over. For that reason, this image fills me with hope.
Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not. ~Ursula K. Le Guin
You might say that I live by this quote by Ursula Le Guin because I usually have to be dragged into the day. But, this view, taken from our rental apartment in Florence captures that time of the day when Florentines start to open their shutters, sip some espresso and start to plan their day.
The day of the sun is like the day of a king. It is a promenade in the morning, a sitting on the throne at noon, a pageant in the evening. ~Wallace Stevens
I love how different places around the world move to their own rhythm. New York City is “awake” all day and through the night. Cities like Lisbon and Florence wake up much later in the day. This image was captured in Boca Raton, Florida, a city that gets an earlier start because of the heat. Once, when I looked up at the sky, I was struck by the interplay of the blue sky, the white clouds and the palm trees.
So let us welcome the peaceful evening in~William Cowper
As the sun starts to drop in the sky, some colors intensify, like this beautiful anemone. If you look closely, you’ll notice a bee getting one last sip of nectar for the day. This is the time of day when I can work the best.
The Golden Hour
The golden trail was blazed and I was reminded of the eternal, of Mozart, of the stars. For an hour, I could breathe again and live and face existence. — Hermann Hesse
The beauty of Sedona is highlighted in early evening, when the last rays of sunshine are reflected against the red rocks. It is a magical place.
The Blue Hour
The sun has set, but night has not yet fallen. It’s the suspended hour… The hour when one finally finds oneself in renewed harmony with the world and the light…when the night has not yet found its star. ~Jacques Guerlain, referring to his favorite moment in the day
We were very fortunate to attend a concert at Notre Dame in the early evening, when the blue sky was highlighted in the cathedral windows. The music and the atmosphere were stunning. I am hoping that the cathedral can be fully restored, so millions of others can enjoy its ethereal beauty.
I hope you’ll join Amy and the rest of the Lens-Artists this week as we explore natural light. I’m looking forward to your posts and your inspiration!
Last week Ann Christine’s LAPC#137: Soft challenge gave us a chance to see your diverse, fun, and beautiful interpretations of soft! Your posts gave me many smiles, which were gratefully appreciated amidst a very chaotic week.
Next week, it will be Tina’s turn to lead the challenge, so please stop by Travels and Trifles and join the fun on Saturday, March 13th at noon.
Your continued participation, support, enthusiasm, and creativity inspire us! Have a wonderful, creative week and please stay safe.