The Golden Hour — Lovely Sunset

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHello and Happy Wednesday!! Word Press has a photo challenge each week as part of The Daily Post.  This week’s is The Golden Hour.

The Golden Hour is described in this challenge as the first and last hour of sunlight in the day.  So, it would be the time that the sun is rising or setting.

I don’t know about you, but I love to watch sunsets!  Especially at the ocean at Mission Beach, California.

Over the years, I have taken hundreds if not thousands of photos of these sunsets.  When we are there at the beach, each night after dinner we walk down to the seawall and watch the sun go down.  This is a great family tradition that I truly love and have missed this year.

Last summer we saw a green flash – a cool phenomenon that only happens on the most perfect of evenings.  Just as the sun hits the horizon, you see a flash of green light.  If you blink, you can miss it.

This photo is from last summer on a more cloudy night.  I love how the setting sun is peaking around the clouds and reflecting on the water.

This photo is the background on my computer.  I get to enjoy this beauty each day!

I have wondered why I never take sunset photos at my house – away from the ocean.  The trees are lovely and the colors in the sky are really nice.  But, you can’t see the horizon and the sun actually look like it’s dropping into the ocean as you can at the beach.  Maybe that is the difference.

It has always been easier for me to do sunset photos than sunrise.  I am a night owl, not a morning person.  So, to get up with the sun is a challenge for me.  I will have to try it sometime to see what pictures I can come up with.

I wonder when I will see the next beautiful sunset?  I hope it is soon.

To read more about this weekly challenge, please see

Weekly Photo Challenge — Companionable

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Patti_Ian_ElPasoYesterday, I was doing some research on what is available for prompts for blogging — both in writing and with photos.

I discovered that Word Press has a Weekly Photo Challenge as part of The Daily Post at WordPress.   I thought I’d give it a try.

This week’s challenge is Companionable.

They want us to post a photo of a frequent companion.   I spend the bulk of my time with my husband and my son.  So, either of them could be in the picture.  I decided to go with a photo of me with Ian.

Here we are at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants.  They have a great bean dip that Ian really likes.

I love that he is hugging me as he is!  And, he is wearing his San Diego Chargers shirt.

Unfortunately the photo is a bit fuzzy but it is still a great one with happy smiles.  He is a fun and lively companion for me that’s for sure!

I wonder what inspiration I will find next week.  I can’t wait to find out.

Oh and The Daily Post also has writing prompts — both weekly and daily so I will be looking into that soon as well.

To find out more about this week’s challenge, please see