How often these words apply. It seems that planning, preparation & persistence are just the first steps, luck either adds or removes the final piece. While it's true that we need to be prepared for luck to help us, we also really need it to help us.
On a photo shoot in Utah this past November, thinking we were on the road to Kodachrome Basin State Park my sister and I were actually driving into Bryce Canyon. My watch told me that it was officially "O Dark-thirty," it was also about 31 degrees with a freezing rain/sleet mixture falling. As we were about to make a u-turn we noticed a thin orange flame of a sunrise. Leaving the car on the side of the road, idling as I remember now, we grabbed a camera each and ran across the road, down into and out of the ditch, under tree limbs, over deadfall and reached the edge of the cliff with a few seconds of color left in the sky. Very few.
As a result, a couple of minor scratches and these images.
Technical info. ISO 50 -3EV. (f5.6 1/15 sec). Processed without manipulation in SPP.