The Golden Hour

9/22/14 – The Golden Hour. What is this I speak of? It is a magical time of the evening, when the sun dips low in the western sky, and the light begins to look “golden”, and everything the sun is shining on, begins to look as if it has been splashed with gold. That is what “The Golden Hour” is. This is one of my most favorite times to do photography. Everything just has a certain special glow to it. Not only that, but the sun being so low in the sky also has many benefits for incorporating it into the shots. I’ve always loved The Golden Hour, even when I was a little kid, and I didn’t even think about photography. It’s always been a favorite time for me.

This evening, I decided to go for a bike ride. I love cycling, and when you’re on a bicycle, you really get to take nature in for all it is. Even if that means getting a bug in the eye, which happens sometimes. I cycled around to couple of my usual spots, a couple of roads off to the north of Greenville that always seem to provide some nice photo ops. Once again, these areas did not disappoint. I photographed a tree on a hill, a small orb weaver spider, and some early Fall Colors on my way to the final destination.

Once I arrived at “my spot” I waited for the main attraction, The Golden Hour, to take shape. It is Fall (Autumn) here in Michigan now. The birds are flying south, along with many insects. Grasses and weeds are going to seed, and the crops are ready to harvest, nearly ready to harvest, or in the case of the potatoes, already being harvested. This will last into October, and even into early November if the weather cooperates. So there’s lots of different things to photograph out there right now. I decided to concentrate mainly on grasses and weeds that are currently going to seed, but I also snapped a couple shots of birds, a very large Grasshopper, corn, and some sunset colors over the field to my east. Below is a collection of photos which shows the different subjects I photographed during The Golden Hour. Enjoy!

Chuck Russell

I shoot photos and videos of various different types of events related to weather, nature, motorsports, breaking news, and more and share what I capture with the world at

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