Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge focuses on The Golden Hour — that first or last hour of the day when we treasure the glow cast by the sun’s rays.  My husband and I have just returned from a trip to China, and on our last day in the Westin Shanghai Bund Center, I awoke (I have no idea why!) at 5:00 AM.  When I looked out at the skyline in the Pudong, I loved what I saw . . .  even through sleepy eyes!  In only 35 short minutes, the sky turned from gray to pink to a pale yellow.  A stunning sight halfway around the world from our home in Tennessee!

Disclaimer:  I’m looking out of a window, and not a very clean window at that!  But these images still attest to the power of The Golden Hour.

My first glimpse at morning in Shanghai from our hotel window.

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Within minutes, the sky turned various shades of pink contrasting with the silhouettes of the buildings.

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Shortly thereafter, the darkness above highlighted the white clouds beneath.

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Here, just a small bit of light turned those upper dark clouds to pale gray.

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And then the golden hour morphed into full daylight.

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Down below, the day began for all who worked and vacationed in Shanghai, and the little dome glowed all on its own — at least for a few brief minutes.

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8 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Yes, Cindy, I guess there are little gold domes in many cities. We saw several in Russia, and I promised myself I wouldn’t forget the names of the mosques, cathedrals, etc. But I have. This one just sorta glowed, so I put it in. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  1. gallivance.net

    Very nice series of shots Rusha. I’ve always wanted to pick a nice spot and take a photo each week for a year, but I’v never managed to pull that one off. BTW, I’m anxious to hear all about your trip to China. ~James

    1. Rusha Sams

      I’m hoping to do a series of blog posts on China. Right now, I’m overwhelmed with the number of pictures we took, and where we saw what! Something will flesh out soon!

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