Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Capture Your Own "Golden Hour" at Lake Powell

February 18, 2010, 7:14 am

Here's a great tip to help you secret away some special time on your next houseboat trip. It's an experience that many of our houseboating friends have shared over the years - about the one morning they woke up before the crack of dawn and took in what we like to call the "Golden hour."

Set the coffeemaker to have a warm cup ready before sunrise, and sneak out before your crew stirs. Take your own quiet walk along the shore and discover that first golden hour in the morning when the world seems to wake up slowly around you, with you.

Enjoy the sounds of the birds as they stir, flying silently overhead with only the sound of their wings flapping in the air. Watch as they silently dive into the water for that first catch of the day and hear the quiet plop as they hit the water.

Breathe in the last smells of the night as the night's darkness gives way to the dawn's dark blues and then they too begin to fade.

Morning arrives and the sun begins to tease the day.The clouds overhead start to take on colors all their own. They seem more intense here at the lake, reflecting over the water, and more complete with the smells and sounds around. You may feel as far away from home as you could be.

Photographers have long called this first hour of the day the "golden hour." They have known that colors are more intense, lighting is warmer and shadows are longer during this time.

Why not reward yourself with the experience. Take it all in, the sounds, the sights, the smells, and the peace of your very own Golden Hour.