Daily Archives: July 12, 2013

Travel Theme: Simplicity

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Simplicity.

A block of wood is very simple—

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is The Golden Hour.

DSC_0265 cropped smallWhen I saw this week’s theme, I thought, how timely! For today (and tomorrow) is the second round of this year’s Manhattanhenge, the culmination of a very special golden hour in Manhattan. (Here are the photos from the first round of Manhattanhenge in May, and from 2011.) And I was going to urge all New Yorkers reading this post to go and see it. And even-out-of towners—you’ve still got a few hours to get on that plane so as to be in Manhattan by 8: 23 PM EDT ;-)

Unfortunately, a solid overcast, with occasional showers and thunderstorms, is forecast for both today and tomorrow. Indeed, as I write this, the rain is already beginning.

It will be a wash.

So, instead, here is another golden hour that I remember fondly.

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It was last summer, during our kayak circumnavigation of Long Island. We were camped at the easternmost point of Long Island, at Montauk, in a grove of trees that faced the rising sun. The light that flooded our camp that morning was truly golden. And equally golden was the extra hour of sleep that we allowed ourselves that morning after our exertions of the day before

Two more golden hours are here and here.