A Golden Hour in Swaziland

Cheri Lucas Rowlands discusses the golden hour in this week’s photo challenge on WordPress.com: the first and last hour of sunlight in the day. The moment I want to share with you took place in Swaziland, on a warm winter’s day. After a full day, we were spending time on the manicured lawns of the Royal Swazi Sun. The quiet of nature surrounded us as did the beauty of the mountains.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
A view of a Swazi mountainside. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

As the sun was sinking in the sky, the colour on the mountainside appeared to be golden. The trees, as their branches reached up to the sky, were thrown into relief against the fading blue of the sky.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
Twilight in Swaziland. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

As we sat on the grass, the children played their game and I watched the sun sinking lower and the natural silhouettes appearing on the horizon.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
A silhouette. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Looking at these photographs now from the other side of the world, I feel a yen for the stark beauty of the African landscape. It is a beauty that is shown in relief as the sun sets on a warm winter’s day.

Do you enjoy the the golden hour?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

47 thoughts on “A Golden Hour in Swaziland

  1. Theses are gorgeous images, Colline! I’ve never heard the term ‘Golden Hour’ before, but I like it. My very favorite time of day is early morning when the light outside it’s not quite day, but clearly no longer night. At that time, all things are possible.


  2. Such a lovely moment to recall for you Colline . Enjoying something as simple as the natural close of the day like this . Love the long legged bird silhouette you caught in the tree !


      1. Oh wow. I was enjoying the calls of the Hadeda bird, then…the crocodile appears. Funny, how the bird seems undaunted and continues calling out. I’m glad the video ended before we see what happened. Do you think the bird could fly away in time? Do they fly and get off the ground easily and quickly?

        How do we pronounce this word Hadeda? Haw-day-da?


        1. Crocs do not eat the birds – they fly away too quickly. As for the pronunciation: ha (as in ha ha) dee da (same a sound as ha). Hope that explains a bit 🙂


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