This story is about timing and your place in the universe.
A few years ago, I found a most unusual tree whose trunk was altered and twisted so it was possible to sit on it. I wanted to return to take this image in the snow. Problem was, I could not find it again and reluctantly assumed it was cut down. Years later, in my search last fall for autumn leaves, I found it again, so it wasn't truely gone.
Fast forward to this winter. We had our second snow and the timing was right to redo the image. Today, with snow falling, I retraced my steps to photograph the same tree, with the snow effect. As I pulled into the region, I found a workers warning sign of tree trimming, as they were clearing branches from the wires. As I pulled into the nearby driveway to unload my camera gear, I discovered my tree had its top just trimmed by the crew. I expect it had been done within 15 minutes of my arrival, the branches were littered nearby on the ground, and the machine was moving onto another section. It's denuded shape was horrible altered, at least for this year, but it truth, the snow hadn't fallen in a manner I wanted, so the photo wouldn't have been quite what I had anticipated.
I decided, when you get lemons you make lemonade, so I stayed around to watch the tree trimming. I had never seen a machine like the one they were using. It resembled a monster truck with a tractor cab, on off road wheels which could tilt off axis, with a very long boom ( estimated at 100 feet ) which the workman could extend and retract over a long range, enabling him to use the huge circular saw blade on tall trees from the safety of his enclosed compartment. I worried they might cut the lines, but they never did, at least while I watched.
I put the camera in movie mode to record the action of the boom, along with the sound of the blade, but just to be sure, I took a few photos in still mode. As I was moving around for alternate angles, his partner on site, reminded me it was dangerous to be within 300 feet of the machine, so I took my last image and retraced my steps back, continuing my journey into town.
Feel free to download, just give me photo credit.
This was my lesson in documentary photography. I rarely go out to take an image, I like to just find them as I go about my business. See what happens when I altered the pattern. The universe didn't approve and just might change what you find, even by as little as 15 minutes.
Once I understand movie editing, I will repost the clip. My original image was posted in my gallery dated September 11, 2012.