The other day I posted a vertical version of this scene.  I did not have time to write much about the moment, today I would like to share what happened.

The location is Hidden Lake, a personal favorite spot for fall photography.  I had just finished leading two back to back workshops and had time for my personal shooting.  I was blessed with beautiful soft bright overcast light.  I was having a grand time wandering along the path around the lake finding new placed and subjects  to photograph.  It was the end of the day, I looked up and saw a small spot of blue sky peaking through the overcast.  I wondered, might get last light on my scene?  I picked my spot and waited and waited.  And then a blast of light, as if from a spot light directly on my chosen tree.   As I looked up and down the shore, it was truly shining on just my scene!  I was paralyzed and could not shoot.  I’ve never experienced this before.  After a minute and shouting “ARE YOU KIDDING ME???”  I quickly realized this could fade very quickly.  I was able to recompose myself, compose two pictures and it was over.   This was easily the most dramatic display of light I had ever seen.  It is a moment that is indelibly seared into my memory and one that I will never forget.   We need to show up, we need to be present and if we do, we will be presented with gifts.

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