Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

Not all mornings start with colors; although I prefer it that way.

Our mornings in Langkawi, Malaysia  have always started with colors. During the golden hours, the sky exhibited streaks of beautiful colors before it gave way to the orange color when the sun finally crept up in all its glory.DSC_0381

The views from our bungalow  in Langkawi was delightful. The image shows an adjacent bungalow in silhouette.DSC_0382

While in Hvar island, Croatia, I slipped out of the hotel early in the morning. Wandering down the harbor, I could see this only fisherman making preparation on his boat, before he set out for a fishing trip.DSCF0533

Our second day in Plitvice Lakes, Croatia started out as a misty day. The photo taken from the hotel window shows mist oozing out from the lakes below.DSCF0341

Coming back to the East, while cruising up the Yangtze River as part of the Three Gorges tour, again mist was all around. Early in the morning, all I could see from the ship’s deck was a sleepy village engulfed in mist.DSCF6134

Early one morning in the open grassland of Inner Mongolia, all I could see were horses grazing on the wide plains. It was an Autumn morning; much of the grass have turned yellow.DSCF2220

Looking out from my living room is a tennis court. The courtyard was still wet from the heavy rain which fell throughout the night. Up above the hills, the clouds were hanging low but the sun has just broken through. It seemed that the sun has finally won the tug of war, rays of light were emerging.CIMG1837

The last photo was taken during our early morning walk in the Liu Shui Heung raw water reservoir in Hong Kong. It is my ideal way of starting the morning. The sun is up and illuminated the pavilion and every plant and tree in the green surrounding.CIMG2911

If we are lucky, we may have more than 30,000 mornings in our lifetime. Just hope that all our mornings are full of joy and gratitude, before a new day is unfolded.

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour (2)

This week’s photo challenge is The Golden Hour.

In photography, the “golden hour” is the first and last hour of sunlight of the day.

The images here were taken in the last hour of sunlight of the day in Langkawi, Malaysia.

The island of Langkawi is our favorite destination for relaxation.  We very much enjoy going out to the beach when the sun is setting and lazing around the beach until the sun finally set.DSC_0374

We like the tranquility of the beach, with the nearby islands silhouetted against an orange sky; the soothing murmurs of the sea as the gentle waves lap on the shore and also the reflection of the islands on the calm waters.DSC_0368

One of the readers commented that the Golden Hour is “La Hora Magica”. I love this in Spanish. It is indeed the magical moment. The minutes just before complete darkness sets in is even more magical. The sea and the sky have turned into a darker shade, but there are colorful streaks in the sky, appearing between the darker clouds.

The scene with islands, boat, tranquil waters illuminated under the last rays of light are not just golden but magical,  dreamy and picturesque; a scene  that we wish will last forever. . . . . . . .