Are you familiar with the artists who are known as painters of light?

They capture a moment in time when the light is perfectly golden, or that moment when the street lights first begin to appear just before twilight.  That magical time of day.


The golden light hour - a snapshot ::


After spending a few hours hiking in the shadows of the mountain it was time to head for home.  On the drive we rounded a curve, and as we did everything became golden in the light.  I asked my husband to stop the car and turn around so that I could attempt to capture it with my pocket camera.


A rural snapshot of split rail in the golden light ::


I think you can get a sense of the moment.  The beauty of the light was mesmerizing to me.  I couldn’t get enough.
Have you ever had a similar experience?


God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him.
1 John 1:5b


We love light.   I wonder if the reason we are so attracted to the sun, sunrises, sunsets, and the golden light I tried to capture with my camera is because God is light?  What do you think?


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this week at An Extraordinary Day:


An overview of the blogs posts on 3/2 ::



Here are this week’s posts…

  1. {Joy Day!} A 100 Step Photo Journey | Eye Witness
  2. Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Irish Cocoa and a Chat
  3. Paper Pennant Banner ~ A Tutorial
  4. Mouthwatering French Onion Soup {Recipe}


It’s been an Extraordinary week on the blog.
We’ve covered the gamut from enjoying a photo journey, to counting our blessings, to giving a nod to St. Patrick’s Day, to crafting, and to indulging in a delicious meal.  Pretty fun.  I am sooo very blessed that you would join me on this journey.   It amazes me that you come and find inspiration and encouragement.  Thank you.  Your comments truly make my day.  Hugs to each of you who make this feel like a chat and not me just tapping words into space.


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  1. Really beautiful photos!

    • Diane says

      All praise goes to HIM….the creator of that beautiful light!
      Thanks for stopping by Elizabeth!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous picture of the fence, it had to be a magical moment. God is so good (His love endures forever!).


    • Diane says

      Oh Mary…I was beside myself it was so wonderful. Yes. God is good!!!
      Thank you for enjoying the moment with me and for leaving your sweet words. [hugs]

  3. Mel says

    Oh wow……amazing captures with the light on the fence and the shadows of the trees intermingled. Bless his heart for stopping the car! Wonderfully spied and beautifully captured! And yes, it’s been a busy week here for you–but that’s a very nice thing, to have good company along the way!
    Blessings to you and yours–and yes, I’m still praying!

    • Diane says

      Mel…I am blessed. I know he gets frustrated with my photo-taking. After all…he has to stand around and wait…how boring is that. But…truly he has unimaginable patience for me most of the time and encourages me to keep ‘snapping.’
      I am sooo very grateful for your prayers…..though we haven’t reached our ‘destination’ yet…we certainly have been buoyed. [hugs]

  4. Sarah C. says

    Love your shots and your blog! So glad to have found you!

    • Diane says

      How nice of you to say that Sarah. Thank you! 🙂
      May your new week be Extraordinary!

  5. I’m in love, I’m captivated by that twisted fence, bathed in light, set beside the winding road. What a rest-filled glimpse at the beginning of thie Sabbath day!

    • Diane says

      Oh Linda, I am elated that you enjoyed that beautiful moment with me, even if it was only a snapshot. Though we can’t look at His face…we see reflections of His glory everywhere…and this one was brilliant.
      May your new week be overflowing with Joy!

  6. Marty says

    So beautiful! That golden hour of light has called to me many times…simple things suddenly glow with beauty and it just stops us in our tracks.

    • Diane says

      Thank you Marty!
      I was just thinking that it is just a small reflection of His glory…and just that overwhelms us with joy.

  7. Oh yes! No mountains here, but there are a few small hills and I love to drink it that light reflected across a neighbor’s pond. This has been such a gloomy winter for us but today is bright, I’ll be on the lookout this evening.
    I love all the curvy lines you captured, too. They draw me right into the tree light!

    • Diane says

      I’m so glad you are enjoying the ‘moment’ along with me, Elaine.
      Beautiful golden light reflected on your neighbor’s pond should be spectacular! I hope you hare blessed with a ‘show’ too!

  8. Lisa says

    LOVE , love this verse … and twilight. Best time of day for photos and eyes of the soul.

  9. Mel says

    I shall investigate the web site! And hand over the recipe to he-who-does-it-all. LOL. Ohhhh what a deal I have, eh! 😉

    • Diane says

      Heehee! You sure do!!! Let me know how you like it!

  10. Carolyn says

    Thanks for sharing both your captivating photos…and…your inspired thoughts of our God of Light. I remembered the passage in Revelation 4:3 where it describes a rainbow around the throne of God. We know that rainbows cannot exist unless there is sunlight. However in heaven there is no need of sunlight for in Rev. 21 & 22 we are told that the city had no need of the sun or moon for the Lamb in its light. I get so excited thinking about all that glory eminating from the Giver of Light Himself! Thank you sparking my imagination’s trip to a holy place today.

    • Diane says

      And thank YOU, Carolyn for taking me on your journey with you. 🙂
      May your day be overflowing with HIS joy!

  11. It’s so hard ti imagine that He is so much more beautiful than any of the wonderful light He created for us! Lovely light photos.

    • Diane says

      He is. 🙂 And we are so blessed to be able to enjoy this gorgeous light, too.
      Thank you Betty!

  12. Diane,
    Yes I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes moments like that just take your breath away or bring tears to your eyes and you wonder why everyone can’t see or feel it. The miracle God has created all around us, in big things and then in those little tender mercies. Thank you for sharing this at Memories by the Mile. I absolutely love your pictures.
    Wanda Ann @

    • Diane says

      Thank YOU, Wanda!!
      Sometimes I think we see it because we choose to. Kind of like training our eyes to spot hawks as we travel the highways.
      Hope your day is Extraordinary!

  13. Love the lighting that you have captured on this fence. Don’t you love when you have your camera with you to catch something this lovely! Makes it even more lovely when you think that HE is our light, and lights out paths with light just this golden and beautiful

    • Diane says

      Yes! Yes! Yes!!
      Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet thought, Jeanne!!

  14. I never thought about it that way…loving light because God is light, but it makes perfect sense to me! Beautiful images, and yes, I have that experience all the time. It is awe inspiring.

    • Diane says

      Glory to Him!!
      Thanks for stopping by Tracey!
      May your day be filled with moments of awe!

  15. Your pictures are beautiful and you certainly captured that moment with the light perfectly. I am going to take a photography class this Sat. and they are going to teach us about light. I am so excited.

    • Diane says

      I’m a novice photographer…but I am a ‘chaser’ of the light in my photography. It literally makes my heart sing to be able to capture those lovely moments.
      P.S. When digital photography took over, I couldn’t afford a new ‘real’ camera. All my photos are taken with a pocket Nikon. Enjoy your class, Lane…sounds like fun!

  16. Looks like a beautiful peaceful day

    • Diane says

      It was the perfect ending to the day for sure! 🙂
      Hope your day is Extraordinary!

  17. Hi! I just found you from the Rurality Blog Hop and will be a new follower. Lovely blog!

    I think you’re right about why we’re attracted to light. Such beauty and grandeur that reminds us of Him.

    Beautiful shots too!

    • Diane says

      Welcome new friend!! Thank you for stopping by and for your kind thoughts, too.
      Hope your day is extraordinary!!

  18. Tanya says

    beautiful photos and yes, i know exactly what you are talking about..when the light is perfect, it just mesmerizes me…love it, i just want to soak it all in!

    • Diane says

      Thank you Tanya! It’s the most magnificent time of day. The beauty also lies in that we don’t see it every day, either.

  19. jeannette says

    Nice picture!!
    I love nature-
    Dear regards

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much Jeanette! 🙂
      Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!

  20. Renee says

    Beautiful photos! I live in Oklahoma and we have some beautiful light/sunsets. I love it when I’m outside with my camera in my hand and get a chance to try to capture it.

    • Diane says

      And do you notice, Renee, that you as hard as you try, you can’t really capture it?
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving your warm thoughts.

  21. Yes, I can see why that light caught your eye. The play of light and shadow is magical! Thank you for joining in ‘Rurality Blog Hop #5’ Hope to see you next Wednesday for #6…

  22. 4joy says

    there is nothing so lovely as the golden light and shadows of a late afternoon sun….wonderful photos

    • Diane says

      Doesn’t it just fill your heart with joy?
      Hope your weekend is joy-filled!

  23. Haunting magic in these beautifully lit country scenes!

    • Diane says

      I like the way you said that Gemma.
      Thanks for enjoying the scene with me.

  24. Molly says

    Yay for some sunshine and the glimmers of spring. Lovely photographs


    • Diane says

      Ditto!! Yay!
      Thanks Molly for stopping by and leaving your sweet words! 🙂

  25. Thge golden light is beautiful.

    • Diane says

      It WAS one of those amazing moments. 🙂
      Thanks Sallie!

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