I almost MISSED this amazing photo!

September 08, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

If I hadn't turned around and taken one last look at the scene I would have missed this amazing photo!

It was early spring in Southern Idaho. My plan was to go out and photograph the camas fields as they were blooming. Unfortunately, it was still too early in the season and the flowers weren't quite ready to be photographed. As I was driving to the location that I thought the flowers would be best, I noticed a stream that made a perfect leading line into Little Camas Reservoir so I made a mental note to check it out when I had time or when the light was right.

I spent the majority of the day exploring and trying to find camas flowers or any wildlife. I actually came away with a few pretty good shots of Cinnamon Teal ducks! As the day went on, I could see that there was a storm rolling in. I decided to cut my losses and head back toward Mountain Home. When I made it back to the reservoir I pulled over to see if I could find a good composition to include the stream, lake, and mountains in the distance. I crossed the highway and scampered up an embankment on overlooking the scene.

It was cold, windy, and starting to rain. The sky was gray and uninspiring, but I had found a good composition. After taking a few test shots it was time to leave. The light had all but faded as the sun was setting behind a massive cloud bank. I packed up my gear and headed to the car a little let down by the way the day turned out (other than the ducks...that was cool). I crossed the road and made it back to the car, paused, and turned to take one last look at my potential future photo. 

To my amazement, the clouds were starting to glow a brilliant orange! I sprinted back across the road and up the hill just in time to capture this image. The sunset was blazing to my left and there was a double rainbow to my right, but right in front of me is where the real show was. Just as I'd envisioned a few minutes earlier. I didn't think I'd get the shot so soon! 

Little Camas ReservoirLittle Camas ReservoirBrilliant sunset over Little Camas Reservoir, Idaho.

Lesson learned. Don't leave a location until the light is completely gone and you are sure you have seen the best of it.

I'd love to hear if you've had any similar experiences. Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading. God bless.

 

~Randy 

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