A couple dozen times a year for over a decade I have driven passed this elm tree, and the farmer’s field in which it’s stood for several decades. I have driven by during different seasons, with different sunrises and sunsets in the background, different crops growing in the field, different weather conditions, e.g., rain, snow, drought, different times of the day, in different moods, and for different reasons. Visions of a hundred different images have popped-up in my head, but I never stopped to capture any of them on film or sensor. This time was no different. I didn’t stop in passing. No, on this particular morning, this was my destination, and perhaps my destiny.
Before retiring to bed the night before this was taken, I spoke to myself and said, “If you wake up on your own, not alarm clock assisted, anytime between 4:00 AM and 4:30 AM, you are going to get out of bed and drive to this elm tree in the hope of capturing an image worth the trouble”. When I finally crawled into bed, my camera gear was loaded and ready to go. What I was going to wear was already laid out. The coffee maker was filled with coffee makings and waiting only to have the start button pushed at whatever time I should walk into the kitchen. Yep, you can guess what happened; Yes, it really did!
Sixty minutes, three gallons gasoline, and $6.50 in tolls later, I found myself pulling off the turnpike, driving across the right-of-way, and parking alongside the fence separating the farmer’s private land from the public’s “hurry up and get their toll road. Yes, I finally did it! I’m glad I did it!
What…are you…waiting on? Hmm? Stop planning and go do it! You’ll be glad you did.