Although I was never a Boy Scout, when it comes to photography I strongly believe in their motto of "Be Prepared". As anyone who knows me will confirm, my camera gear is rarely more than an arms reach away... you just never know when you will spot a great photo opportunity. Those that have ever gone on a road trip with me know all to well that I have no problem stopping on the side of the road or detouring to check out something I have spotted.
Sometimes, however, I have spotted a location but it just wasn't 'ready' yet to be photographed. Case in point... there is a field NW of Edmonton that I drive by on my way to visit my Dad or my sister's family that I've had my eye on for nearly 2 years!! Last Saturday I found myself heading to my sister's for a family BBQ and, of course, I checked out 'my field' on the way past. Much to my surprise, and delight, I found the field had been planted with canola this year and it was in full bloom!! My 'Spidey Sense' began to tingle, and I knew that there just may be a chance for a shot here late in the day.
Timing my departure from my sister's to coincide with sunset, I arrived approximately 15 minutes before the sun actually set. This gave me time to get set up and take numerous shots as the sun approached the distant tree line on the horizon. As you can see below, I think that the combination of prior scouting and being prepared paid off.