Have you ever waited for the sun to rise or set? Based on where you are the times differ but are mostly predictable and verifiable - online!
In photography, the golden hour, also known as the magic hour, is shortly after sunrise or before sunset.
The daylight is much more red and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky.
Waiting for the sun to rise or set is very meditative. The wait in absolute patience for nature to happen quiets the mind.
There is nothing you can do enact change but quietly observe the movement in light and color right before you. The act we constantly take for granted every single wake moment of our lives.
Yet it happens every single day observed or otherwise; sunrise, sunset.
Morning lights says time to go
The metaphor of the golden hour is more than changing of colors and light. It is the movement in time and space. Verily it is also the passing of time.
It reminds me of the song "Sunrise, Sunset" from the musical Fiddler on the Roof written in 1964 with music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Perry Como made it well known in 1968.
"Sunrise sunset, sunrise, sunset,
Swiftly flow the days,
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers,
Blossoming even as they gaze..."
In the many exchanges of sunrise and sunset, with countless golden hours, our very own kid(s) grew. Too fast!
The song describes the age old heartbreaking tale of parental cry cringing and protesting to slow down the years, in a futile effort to keep their children young.
Alas, sunrise, sunset faithfully keeps it pace.
“Wasn’t it yesterday when they were small?”.
The daylight comes to a rest till tomorrow
The Golden Hour Sweetwater Lake
Golden Hour: This post is dedicated to my daughter Saroja Devi.