Light, Magical Light!


“Is there anything more loyal than the sun?”

~Mary Oliver

The Magic of Early Morning and Late Evening Light

All photographers know that early morning light and late evening light are magical: colours seem to liquefy and pool upon water, transforming it into a shimmering mass of quicksilver. Silhouettes are crisp and the world is gilded in gold. Early morning and late evening energy calm my soul; the energy is more subdued—the world is either just waking up or winding down for the night. It’s a sublime time to be outdoors with a camera as, almost always, something magical appears. Here are a few shots I took during magic hour this summer.

DSC_1536Above:  The first light of the morning silhouettes a coot on the peaceful waters of a prairie pond.

Above: Mist rises over a prairie pond, mingling with the early morning light.


“Light, that first phenomenon of the world,
reveals to us the spirit and living soul of this world through color.”

~ Johannes Itten


Above: A muskrat silently cuts through the mercurial evening waters of the lagoon at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary in Calgary.

Below: Two starlings at dusk. If you look closely, you can see a thick cloud of insects in the upper right corner of the photograph.


“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.”

~Rabindranath Tagore


Above: A gentle spattering of raindrops fall on the blue sky and clouds reflected on the waters of the lagoon at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary in the late evening light.


Above: A spider’s web in the early morning light. A big fat spider must live very close by!


Above: A broken fence post in a prairie pond, silhouetted in the first light of the morning.


Image Credits:

All photographs by madlyinlovewithlife; © 2016 madlyinlovewithlife.

8 thoughts on “Light, Magical Light!

  1. Glorious shots indeed! What a perfect way to end my Sunday night. Your work never ceases to bring joy and hope to my heart. I hope you and yours are having a lovely summer. Can’t believe it’s almost August :)

    • Hello Takami! I’m so happy that I could give you some pretty images to fall asleep by in Tokyo. I hope you had sweet dreams! I too cannot believe how quickly the summer is passing. We are very fortunate this year to have lovely summer weather here in Calgary: not too hot, not too cold, not too rainy, and not too dry. It’s been, “Just right” (as Goldilocks would say!) and we’ve been trying to get out on our nature and photography walks every chance we get. As always, thank you so much for stopping by. Wishing you and your husband a very happy new week ahead! :))

    • Merci, beaucoup, Hervé! Je suis si heureux que je puisse vous envoyer une partie de notre belle lumière du matin et le soir. Je suis toujours heureux de voir la belle lumière dans votre photographie aussi bien. Bonne soirée! :))

    • That is one of my favourite photos too, especially since it reminds me of what a gorgeous morning it was to be out in the country with only the sounds of pond birds slowly waking up. I don’t often get out there at dawn, so this was really special. Thank you for stopping by! Wishing you a very happy week ahead!:))

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