Between Day and Night From Here and There

Between Day and Night From Here and There

Between daylight and dark, that magical time arriving twice a day no matter where you are around the world.  Seemingly created especially for artists and romantics, lovers and dreamers, idealists and philosophers. And everyone else who will pause for a moment or two to revel in natureโ€™s most spectacular twice daily show.

Sunsets and Sunrises
Stone Town, Zanzibar
Sunsets and Sunrises
Alleppey, India

Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever.

___Horace Mann

Sunsets and Sunrises
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Sunsets and Sunrises
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Technically, the golden hour, that period of time just before sunrise and just after sunset, when the sun is close to the horizon and its light is warmer, softer and  more diffused. The colors of the clouds can be dramatic. From pale, pastel orange to bright, bold reds and fuchsias.

Sunsets and Sunrises
Havana, Cuba
Sunsets and Sunrises
St. Marys, Georgia

There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.

___Jean-Paul Sartre

Sunsets and Sunrises
Cat Island, Bahamas
Sunsets and Sunrises
Nappo River, Amazonia, Ecuador

Sunsets seem to get more attention than sunrises. Could it be that far fewer of us are awake at sunrise.

Sunsets and Sunrises
Salinas, Ecuador

Iโ€™m sure that is true in Key West, Florida, where sunsets are celebrated daily. Mallory Square  is the site of the nightly festival replete with magicians and sword swallowers, psychics and musicians, artists and food vendors. And, of course, Dominique and his flying house cats.

Sunsets and Sunrises
Key West, Florida
Sunsets and Sunrises
Mallory Square, Key West, Florida

Sunrises may get less notoriety, but it is not because of the lack of effort. They can be just as spectacular as a sunset. They just have a bad scheduling problem.

Sunsets and Sunrises
River Ganges, Varanasi, India
Saint James Morning
Sunrise, Saint James City, Florida

On the darker side of the Golden Hour is the Blue Hour, that twilight time when the sun is below the horizon and the indirect sunlight has a blue hue. The quality of the light can be dramatic and can produce stunning images.

Sunsets and Sunrises
Matlacha, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Tampa, Florida

The biggest cliche in photography is sunrise and sunset.

___Catherine Opie

A sentiment I tend to agree with, although I am hopelessly enamored with natureโ€™s show and continue to photograph it.


Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 38 Comments

  1. What a lovely blog entry. Both times evoke such a strong presence. And you have captured it here.

    1. Thank you so much Lynn. So much beauty out there if we would just take to time to look.

  2. Sunrise, the bad timing problem. So true! And there is nothing like that brilliant blue following the golden hour! Beautiful collection of photos you posted.

    1. Like minds… Thanks for your comment and for stopping by.

  3. Great shots, Ron! I can’t decide which one is my preferred. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Stefano. No decisions are required. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you so much and thanks for visiting.

  4. You have shown us such beautiful views.

    1. Thank you Colline. I am happy you enjoyed the post.

    1. And that’s it, isn’t it? It is all about the light. All the photographer has it do is show up and click. Thanks Meredith,as always.

  5. OK Ron, now you’re just showing off LOL. Each more beautiful than the last, and love that first quote!

    1. I’m taking being a show off as a compliment. ๐Ÿ™‚ I thought the quote beautiful too. Thanks Tina.

  6. Wow, what a feast you’ve given us today. Especially love the first two and Cat island, but all are lovely.

    1. Havana and Cat Island are probably my favorites. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  7. There was no subsequent pic of a cat on fire? That’s my hoop dream.

    1. Kerbey, you crack me up. This guy managed to land safely.

  8. Breathtakingly beautiful images, Ron. They are all magnificent, but the Havana and the Saint James City ones really stand out for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Sylvia. St James City is one of my favorites.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment and thanks for visiting.

  9. We can’t help but be enamored with sunrise and sunset… good thing they happen so often, letting us photograph and fall in love just as often ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. What a gorgeous array of sunrises and sunsets, Ron. Sunrises really do present a scheduling problem, don’t they? They’re beautiful though, when we can force ourselves out of bed to enjoy them. Wonderful!

    1. Thanks Cathy. You may have noticed there are far more sunsets than sunrises. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Fantastic entry Ron, as usual. It’s my opinion that that “twice a day magic time” has been created specially for anyone of us to realize how tiny we are before God and Nature. I think the one from Ganges River contains more between elements; that’s why it’s my favorite!

    1. What a lovely comment and so true. Thank you Jaime.

  12. Amazing shot! Very cool colors.

  13. Just magical Ron! The Ecuador shots are my favourites of your spectacular gallery.

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