That golden light

The kids and I spent a wonderful, long day in London recently —

And they had to pull me away as the sun was setting over the Thames.

The lamps were lit up by the golden glow of the sun

And the man seemed blissfully unaware of the seagulls flying up behind him …

Man on bridge

Even the double-decker buses looked romantic

As the molten carpet of light flowed over the water.

Golden water

However, I’m not really a big city kind of person

And am always grateful to be back by ‘my’ lake —

To enjoy its golden beauty.

The sunken boat in this photo reminds me of Rumi:

“Where there is ruin, there is hope for treasure.”


For more treasures, please visit: Skywatch.

85 responses

  1. Glorious! Welcome back home!

    August 7, 2014 at 14:08

  2. Love your photographs – I would like to just climb inside them. Thank you for visiting my blog! Lynn

    August 7, 2014 at 14:22

  3. Beautiful!

    August 7, 2014 at 14:50

  4. Beautiful!

    August 7, 2014 at 14:56

  5. what beautiful captures!! and i don’t blame you. i would want to return to “your” lake too and that glorious honey light

    August 7, 2014 at 15:02

  6. I honestly think that places “know” when you’ve shown up with your camera, for they seem to always put on the most beautiful displays for you!:-) I absolutely love your gorgeous photos of London, but like you I would feel most at home by the quiet and lovely lake. That Rumi quote is perfect!

    August 7, 2014 at 15:06

  7. cool rumi quote…love the architecture in that building by the man…but also the bridges…and streetlamps….i love streetlamps….smiles..

    August 7, 2014 at 15:26

  8. …the quietude of the country and lake would be a preferred choice for most of us, I think. Beautiful golden photos!!!

    August 7, 2014 at 15:43

  9. Very nice composition, I love the creative beauty in these frames of golden light!

    August 7, 2014 at 15:56

  10. Great pictures.

    August 7, 2014 at 16:01

  11. Excellent images.

    August 7, 2014 at 16:09

  12. A gorgeous series capturing this warm light extremely well.

    August 7, 2014 at 16:11

  13. i like your view more than big city stuff, too.:)

    August 7, 2014 at 16:13

  14. Lovely golden light, Ladyfi!

    August 7, 2014 at 16:20

  15. I do love that golden light!! Such beautiful, peaceful captures, Fiona! And, yes, much better than the big city stuff! Have a lovely weekend!

    August 7, 2014 at 17:11

  16. How beautiful these are, Fi.
    I especially love the last one.
    The perfect way to end a day.

    August 7, 2014 at 17:14

  17. Lovely golden hour photos! I’m not a big city person either, but I love the photo ops they present.

    August 7, 2014 at 17:18

  18. Water is look like molten silver. Stunning pictures.

    August 7, 2014 at 17:26

  19. Yes, the amazing golden light…what compares?!

    August 7, 2014 at 18:39

  20. southwestarkie

    Pretty views, but I am with you on the quiet life versus a big city. Happy Blogoversary!!

    August 7, 2014 at 19:22

  21. Wow! Great photos.

    August 7, 2014 at 19:37

  22. Enjoyed your photos immensely, especially as we had been in London only a few weeks ago. The city looked lovely and your delightful shots brought back a lot of good memories.

    August 7, 2014 at 20:19

  23. Lovely!

    August 7, 2014 at 20:20

  24. Like you, I’m not a big city person – but London can look stunning at sunset, especially if you are near the river!

    August 7, 2014 at 20:32

  25. I love the theme you chose and the shots are amazing. I can almost feel the tranquility flow over me…Well done.

    August 7, 2014 at 20:59

  26. Wonderful shots with golden light.

    August 7, 2014 at 21:32

  27. I can see why it was hard to pull you away from that light. So beautiful!!

    August 7, 2014 at 22:04

  28. I especially love the really strong horizontal lines of #2.

    August 7, 2014 at 22:49

  29. Beautiful sunset series, wonderful golden light pictures.

    August 7, 2014 at 22:56

  30. I too am not a big city person. Thank you for finding, capturing and sharing this beauty.

    August 7, 2014 at 23:07

  31. Beautiful liquid light, whether in city or at lakeside. I like that Rumi quote.

    August 7, 2014 at 23:23

  32. Beautiful golden light.

    August 7, 2014 at 23:23

  33. Your sky photos are just incredibly beautiful!

    August 7, 2014 at 23:25

  34. Pat

    Those city views are great but I love your lakeside photos.

    August 7, 2014 at 23:47

  35. wonderful photos, especially the last one.

    August 7, 2014 at 23:59

  36. Lovely images from London! The river scenes are beautiful.. The last shot is my favorite..Happy Skywatching and have a great weekend!

    August 8, 2014 at 00:06

  37. You were definitely in the right lace at the right time for these!!!!…:)JP

    August 8, 2014 at 00:50

  38. Oh My! Very pretty photos. I thought the first shot was fantastic, then I saw your lake shot! Gorgeous!

    August 8, 2014 at 00:50

  39. Oh yes these are extra beautiful images. The man is bathed in the sunlight. beautiful.

    August 8, 2014 at 01:52

  40. Beautiful photos of London and great angles. I really like the composition of these shot.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Alex’s World! –

    August 8, 2014 at 03:57

  41. I live on a lake too and returning to it when I am gone is such a joy!
    All of your shots are magnificent.

    August 8, 2014 at 05:56

  42. Lovely golden shots. Even the city can look marvellous in the right light! You are fortunate to live in the country near a lake!

    August 8, 2014 at 06:43

  43. Nice contrast: urban v. non-urban. There is no place like home though.

    August 8, 2014 at 06:58

  44. I really like the first photo. Wonderful perspective and composition.

    August 8, 2014 at 07:10

  45. Anonymous

    Gorgeos golden light!

    August 8, 2014 at 07:58

  46. Beautiful views!

    August 8, 2014 at 08:04

  47. Beautiful pictures ! when I think I was in London just 3 days ago !

    August 8, 2014 at 08:11

  48. Fantastisk flott lys i bildene dine …virkelig noen gyldne øyeblikk! Godt fanget!

    August 8, 2014 at 09:07

  49. wow, some good shots of London:)

    August 8, 2014 at 09:33

  50. wonderful:)

    August 8, 2014 at 10:21

  51. You always capture the light so well LadyFi

    August 8, 2014 at 10:46

  52. Stunning light…stunning pictures like always! I think I like your last photo the best with the sunken boat. You capture the golden colors in the sunlight the best of any photographer yet.

    August 8, 2014 at 12:34

  53. Wonderful compositions using the golden sunlight!! I liked the romance between the double-deckers

    August 8, 2014 at 14:21

  54. MAGIC:)

    August 8, 2014 at 14:21

  55. Beautiful:)

    August 8, 2014 at 14:33

  56. daryledelstein

    i am the yin to your yang .. i love where i live but i love to travel even more … city or country as long its ‘away’ i love it

    August 8, 2014 at 15:14

  57. I agree, I would love to someday visit London, but home far from the city is where I’ll always love to return. :) Great shots!

    August 8, 2014 at 21:52

  58. to bad about the boat.:)

    August 9, 2014 at 00:02

  59. What a beautiful scenery! And this light! Breathtaking!

    August 9, 2014 at 00:11

  60. Your poet’s heart and your incredible talent and skill with the camera do so much for London!

    August 9, 2014 at 05:24

  61. indrani

    Lovely how you captured the gold in the moment!

    August 9, 2014 at 07:16

  62. Golden gift from above.

    August 9, 2014 at 07:22

  63. j’adore la lumière du premier cliché

    August 9, 2014 at 09:23

  64. I LOVE the last shot! You can capture the golden light like no on else Ladyfi! I have no doubts about that.

    August 9, 2014 at 09:24

  65. miyahde

    The setting sun over the Thames and beautiful Golden light♡♡♡ Beautiful sky and Love the poem,too.
    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

    August 9, 2014 at 14:15

  66. Beautiful shots! I especially like the last one with the added sunken boat.

    August 9, 2014 at 15:59

  67. “molten carpet of light”…..ahhhh, this moves me to bliss
    as much as the golden images bathed in such soft sweet sky.
    thanks for sharing this startling beauty,

    August 9, 2014 at 16:47

  68. WOW!!! Excellent photos!

    August 9, 2014 at 17:57

  69. You make the ‘city’ look peaceful—which it usually is not… I’m a small town/country/lake/mountain type girl myself –and the city never appeals to me. But–you make it look beautiful.

    August 9, 2014 at 18:09

  70. Magnificent souvenirs from London.❤

    August 9, 2014 at 18:38

  71. Lovely captures in the golden glow!:)

    August 10, 2014 at 06:44

  72. Wonderful light.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    August 10, 2014 at 12:06

  73. These are golden treasures. :) I prefer your lake to the city, though, also.

    August 10, 2014 at 17:34

  74. I so envy how close everything is over there. That you can just pop over to London for a day is amazing to me. Thank you for sharing it’s beauty, but like you, I’m one for being in nature.

    August 10, 2014 at 18:21

    • I was in southern England visiting family and popped up to London by train from there. Even though you could go to London for just one day from Sweden, that would be a bit much! (2.5 hours by plane each way…)

      August 11, 2014 at 07:47

  75. Your photos are always so lovely, so well composed. The one with the train and buses over the bridges with the river and sunlight – what a capture. And the last one, well, I’m with you, give me the golden hour by the lake!

    August 10, 2014 at 19:44

  76. What wonderful light! Your photos are spectacular. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. :)

    August 10, 2014 at 21:40

  77. Ela

    Wow ! Wonderful photos ! I love the colors of light and reflections on the water !

    August 10, 2014 at 21:52

  78. Great pictures showing even London can be beautiful if you look hard enough

    August 11, 2014 at 09:24

  79. Nice photographic poem on the beauty of these beautiful backlight! Sensational pictures!

    August 11, 2014 at 11:19

  80. very fine and pleasant photos!

    August 11, 2014 at 18:44

  81. Your skies are always beautiful no matter where you are. Glad you had a lovely vacation and that your golden Lake was there to greet you when you got home.

    August 11, 2014 at 23:23

  82. Reblogged this on Kuba Kosy.

    August 15, 2014 at 21:12

  83. Pat

    With a light so you can not go home! the dream is outside

    August 17, 2014 at 20:43

  84. It is great to see. This beautiful golden light of nature
    Very nice view in several beautiful plates.
    Warm regards, Helma

    September 7, 2014 at 19:31

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