Always Stop and Smell the Roses
There are so many times in the life of a photographer when we pass by a picture that was meant to be taken.... but we'd have to turn around, take an extra ten minutes, inconvenience those with us..... so we don't.
But we should! I'm not sure how many times a scene was different when I finally got around to shooting it from when I originally scouted it, but they are many. Don't let this happen to you!
One of my favorite pictures from Jekyll Island in Georgia is of two tangled trees on Driftwood Beach appearing to be one. Here is a shot of that tree taken in March 2012:
This is the same tree taken in January 2013 after half had been washed away:
In May I snapped this shot in the rain along a secluded Georgia road. I love that it looks like a jungle in the rain forest:
This is that same spot taken yesterday, one month later, after a construction crew started tearing down the background trees:
It only takes an act of God or an act of man to change or destroy the scene you passed by and should have photographed. Always take your camera with you and don't be afraid to go the extra mile for that shot! You never know when it may be changed forever.