Sunday, October 07, 2012

Golden Hours

Those golden hours come ever sooner each day. I used to have time to eat a slow dinner and then slip on sandals and saunter down to the water to catch a sunset. Now the dinner is hurried through or even interrupted and the saunter becomes a careful old lady quick trot with camera clutched to my side.  I feel the cold dusting of raindrops as I bump the salt bush while my attention is on the soft muddy sand or sharp gravel.

Sometimes I get there early enough to see the mallards sorting their spaces for the night and pausing for food at the edge of the grasses.  There is one little one that was slow to hatch this summer and is behind in growing before winter.  The others seem to be paying special attention to it.  Other times my trot is too quick and noisy and interrupts deer in the nearby woods and startles the lazy squirrel from his tummy stuffing repast of fallen acorns and forces the mallards to hide from my camera on the far side of the river.



But the eventual "Goodbye" slows me down and makes me breathe deeper and I forget any food that was left to cool on the dinner plate.

17 comments:

Brian Miller said...

sigh...a lovely bow to close hte day...and well worth the rush out...its coming sooner and sooner as the dark approaches...

Lynn said...

Ah, Tabor . . . so very lovely

Mystic Meandering said...

Tabor, I absolutely delight in your exquisite photography and words. The top one in particular gave me goosebumps. Love visiting here. Christine

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Breathtaking
and always
your words
make me smile...

Red said...

Awesome way to describe how the days are getting shorter and preparations have to be made for later... and the photos really help this.

Bob Bushell said...

Sunsets, one of the best.

SueAnn Lommler said...

Fabulous....Took my breath!!
Yes the dark closes sooner...and my feet are cold!! Ha
Hugs
SueAnn

Celia said...

Great photos, it always seems to come suddenly to me, makes me laugh, surprised again. I like being out in that golden light this time of year.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Enjoyed your words and the last 2 photos were simply sensational! Hope the little duck gets big and strong enough for the winter.

Kat said...

Wow. Just gorgeous. Nothing like a beautiful sunset.
And it is always a little sad when the daylight starts seeping away earlier and earlier.

lime said...

glorious! just glorious!

Dave said...

Nice sunset photos Tabor - Dave

Granny Annie said...

Little drops of water...

Mage said...

...and then I get out there and can't make my camera work. LOL Today, after I gently poked into the lens, it half way works. This time it only took me a day to laugh at it. No ducks here. In the seventies at night, and I'm digging out a warm coat and a pair of gloves to come east with. Life is good.

chris said...

love the image in the water droplet, the sunset. just gorgeous!!

chris said...

love the image in the water droplet, the sunset. just gorgeous!!

Linda said...

These golden afternoons of autumn spin their own special magic, don't they just?