I got an iPhone app called Sol recently, when it was free (not sure if it still is). It's a solar clock/calendar that shows sunrise/sunset times of course, but also things like solar noon (when the sun is highest at your location), daylight vs night hours for the date at your location, and astronomical/nautical/civil dawn and dusk.
The really interesting feature is the Golden Hour event. In the morning this starts at sunrise and lasts until the sun is 10 degrees above the horizon (so not literally an hour). In the evening it's from the 10 degree position until sunset. This Golden Hour time is supposed to be the best time to take photos. In searching the internet I found a lot of people saying it enhances skin tones and gives everything an overall better color, and if facing the sun, you can achieve a sort of glow without any glare.
This is pretty cool, and yesterday I did take pictures of the kids at that time (according to the Sol app), and I do think they came out better than normal. Their skin tones look more natural and rosy, and there aren't any harsh shadows.
So. Anybody know anything interesting about the golden hour? Do you try to take pictures at that particular time, or do you have a different favorite time? Have your golden hour pictures turned out better than others? I'm interested in this!