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November 2023 Photo Contest

Focus on Texas: Golden Hour

When the sun touches people and objects perfectly, you end up with 24-karat photos

There are magical moments each day when the rising and setting sun kisses the surface of all it touches, transforming the world into hues of fiery gold. If you’re quick, you can capture it as these Texans have. Now pull up a chair and rest a spell. It’s the golden hour.

Angela Robertson, Bandera EC: “Dancing on the water.”

Paul Lauder, Farmers EC: “Canoeing on a small lake near Anchorage, Alaska, at sunset.”

John Telford, Central Texas EC: “Taken in the Hill Country during the last light of a cold December day. One look and then he was gone.”

Sally Jozwiak, Bluebonnet EC: “Unusual cloud formations over Chappell Hill.”

Brenda Myers, Tri-County EC: Myers was hunting wild horses to photograph in Wyoming as thunderstorms rolled in and the sky was hazy from fires to the north. She was about to give up when she topped the last rise, and there, headed across the ridge, was a herd of mustangs in perfect light.

Denise Woods, MidSouth EC: “Texas windmill at sunset.”

Brenda Myers, Tri-County EC: “The 2023 super bloom was a photographer’s dream. I learned to carry a camera with me everywhere and walk through my wildflower meadow every day looking for new blooms.”

Kimberly Weldon, GVEC: “Golden hour glow in Sedona, Arizona.”

Tonya Carlin, CECA: All-American sunset at Lake Leon.

Candace Reed, CoServ: “This beautiful egret was living in our neighborhood pond in Flower Mound.”

Cayenne Clow, Pedernales EC: Elm tree at sunset in Hunt.

Amanda Roberts, Pedernales EC: “A beautiful morning in one of our neighborhood parks in Cedar Park.”

Rebecca Warren, Heart of Texas EC: The sun sets on a field of sunflowers near McGregor. Photo by Kevin Snow of McGregor.

Samuel Wotipka, Fayette EC: Late November near Cistern.

Carissa Bingham, Farmers EC: “An unused cell tower makes a perfect perch for our feathered friends at the end of the day.”

Perry Jefferies, Hamilton County EC: Sunlight paints the ridges of the Chisos Mountains and Big Bend in July 2023.