Life today is so busy and full, that sometimes we forget to stop and just live for the present moment. To stop worrying about tomorrow and what was not completed today, but to just simply “be”.
Every now and again, nature provides a golden dusk and for me, this is a special and such a magical time of day. A reminder that it is time to stop living in the busy future or past and to simply enjoy the life at that very moment.
Golden dusks normally occur in summer time, at the end of a hot day, when the coolness of the evening is starting. The sun gets low in the sky and casts long shadows behind a gold tinted world. The sky is invariably cloudless, crystal clear and seems to go on forever.
Golden evenings tend to be most noticed and appreciated when living in close proximity to nature such as when camping. They are also probably more common than most people realise, but we just don’t notice.
Yet everything seems to look different and just a bit special. Perhaps we should seek out the golden times in life a bit more than we currently do.
I have a number of photos taken with this amazing lighting, but I have chosen this selection because they are all from Kruger National Park (South Africa).
[The photo of the cheetahs was particularly special as they are highly elusive and rarely seen. We were able to watch this pair for about 20 minutes as they walked past with apparent unconcern. They were watching and listening to something in the distance but we were not able to work out what it was.]
There is nothing better than to relax with a glass of wine and to enjoy the beautiful warm evening glow. This is especially good when the day has been full and busy, and the opportunity to unwind is welcome.
In Australia, these golden evenings also feature and are no less spectacular or special. I have also enjoyed a few evenings where the light is pink, rather than golden orange. The pinkish glow (probably a result of dust in the air) is actually rather eerie!
When was the last time you soaked up a golden evening and reflected on the beauty of the world around you?
This article was inspired by the WordPress writing challenge: a splash of colour!