Sunrise Gold

Photographers refer to the magical, mystical time right after sunrise and right before sunset as The Golden Hour. Depending on many variables the rich, low, sun-enhanced colors may last just a few minutes or may extend well beyond an hour. Pat and I were hunting for a gravel road (so we could go slower as we looked for photo ops) when I saw awesome golden hour color, beautiful landscape, and rising mist. I quickly stopped (after checking my rearview mirror), backed up, pulled in, and took these pictures from vantage points all within 100 yards of each other. I hope you enjoy this Golden Hour.

From the Barnyard

From the Barnyard


From the Path

From the Path


From Behind a Tree

From Behind a Tree


With Geese

With Geese

Waldron Road

It wasn’t a very exciting sunrise this morning except for a few pink-laced clouds. But, I wasn’t out for the sunrise. I was looking for that golden hour or two that comes after the sunrise on a clear morning. This morning was supposed to be clear but, in Michigan, mostly cloudy is sometimes about as close as we get.

I was traveling the 15 mile or so stretch of Waldron Road that runs south from U.S. 12 (the old Detroit to Chicago stagecoach route) to U.S. 34. The road is hilly and winding, like many roads in this part of Michigan. It is the kind of area where both old trees and old houses are left to be reclaimed by the earth. At spots along the road where I pulled over to get out and take some pictures, I would put on my flashers for safety. Three times gentlemen stopped to make sure I was okay.

Stepping out into the 33 degree morning, I did have a few moments of golden light and some silhouettes that I liked. The sun hit the hilltops first, then the valleys, and finally the swamp land so common around here. These are a few of this morning’s moments.

Swamp Sunrise

Swamp Sunrise


Reflection Circles

Reflection Circles


Tree, Shed, and Sun

Tree, Shed, and Sun


Log Cabin and Corn

Log Cabin and Corn


Treetops in Sun

Treetops in Sun


Weed, Trees, and Sun

Weed, Trees, and Sun

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