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This week, Siobhan, author of the site Bend Branches hosts the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, and she has chosen the topic, glowing moments.

With the exception of three photos, the first and the last two, all of the images for this challenge were taken just before or after sunrise, when the glow is particularly spectacular and the opportunites are fleeting.

The photo below of a bridge over the Fox River in Green Bay, Wisconsin, was taken after sunset. I took this photo in September when (American) football is getting into full swing. The bridge, just like everything else in Green Bay during autumn, is illuminated in the team colors of the Green Bay Packers football team.

Pescadero is located on the Central California Coast, about an hour’s drive (depending of course on traffic) from my home. Here, there is a large wetland where Pescadero Creek drains into the Pacific Ocean. The photo below is of the wetland carpeted with brilliant Pickleweed.

The photo below was taken on my front porch. After a night of rain, drops glow and glisten in the morning sunlight. One dangling drop reflects a brick pillar.

The photos below were taken in Quebec City. While my wife, Cora, slept in, I took a walk, starting just before sunrise when everything took on the yellow-orange hue of dawn.


A photographer’s delight is that rare and fleeting fleeting atmospheric phenomenon called alpenglow. The photos below were taken in Athens, Wisconsin, after a rainstorm, just as the sun was setting.

To view Siobhan’s glowing moments, please visit her site Bend Branches.

33 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Glowing moments

  1. SoyBend says:

    Great photos for the challenge. Wow, Paul! Loved the reflections from the bridge. Warm glows from California and cool glows from your home. Glowing city streets and country rainbows. Well done. πŸ™‚

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you Siobhan, and thank you for hosting.

  2. Prior... says:

    The rainbow near the silo was really an interesting photo – Americana Farmer kinda vibe
    Enjoyed your glows

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you so much. The barn was shot during an 8500 mile road trip through the Midwest. I saw more barns in a month than I’d seen in a lifetime.
      Thank you again for reading and commenting.

      1. Prior... says:

        wow – sounds like a fun road trip

        1. Paul says:

          It was. Very eye opening.

          1. Prior... says:


  3. Tina Schell says:

    Love this Dan. Interestingly I’ve seen alpenglow once or twice but didn’t know the name so thanks for that! Your early morning images are almost enough to make me wake before the sun, but not quite LOL. That’s on me, not you – they’re glorious! Terrific post

    1. Paul says:

      Hello Tina.
      My wife and I have a symbiotic relationship. I get up before the sun and roam around with my camera. I don’t have to worry about her getting bored or having to wait around while I shoot. Meanwhile she sleeps in and then has her morning coffee and a leisurely breakfast. I get back and have an energy bar and we’re good for the day. Quite convenient all around.
      Thank you so much for the kind words.

  4. Toonsarah says:

    A great collection of glowing images Paul! I especially like that window in Quebec and your beautiful raindrops!

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you Sarah. The window was one of those examples of not being pleased with a photo at first glance and then going back and seeing the potential. The benefits of digital photography.

  5. Deb says:

    So beautiful Paul. I was going to say my favorite was the branch with the water droplets, but then the city appeared, and the barn and… You have a knack for photography as this post clearly shows!

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you Deb. Much appreciated.

  6. Hettie D. says:


    1. Paul says:

      Thank you Hettie.

  7. Cee Neuner says:

    So many gorgeous glowing moments πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you so much Cee.

  8. mistermuse says:

    Ditto the previous complimentary comments!

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you Mr. M.

  9. Dan says:

    Wow, you are an amazing photographer. Wonderful collection. The photo from your front porch is spectacular.

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you Dan.

  10. Pepper says:

    Stunning photos! 😊

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you Pepper.

      1. Pepper says:

        My pleasure. 😊

  11. Lovely photos. Amazing ones from Quebec City; the light and clarity made me think of paintings. If I’d skipped through them quickly I’m sure I wouldn’t have realized that they are photos. Pickleweed is new to me. Wonderful

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you I.J.

  12. Teresa says:

    Love your photos of Quebec especially

    1. Paul says:

      Thankyou Teresa.

  13. JohnRH says:

    Wowww. Great colors, all. LOVE that water reflection in the first one.

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you John. Green Bay. Green and gold all year round.

  14. eden baylee says:

    Hi Paul,
    Every picture — delightful, especially the raindrops and the alpenglow shots. That final one with the rainbow sky against the naked trees is spectacular. And Quebec City … love.


  15. wow!
    What a colourful glows!

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you so much

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