It was 1995.
I was in Vermont for the summer photographing horses.
Early the first morning I was following the lead photographers’ car to my new two week assignment. I didn’t know were I was going, I had a cellphone, but he did not.
The sun was rising over the forest on a beautiful clear day. About a mile into the twenty minute drive I looked out my passenger side window and saw one of the most beautiful scenes I have ever witnessed.
It was a large stand of bare trees with the sun coming up behind them. Each of the trees had multiple large freshly spun spider webs with morning dew hanging from each strand.
The orange morning sun stream through the black tree branches, spider webs and dew. It was an amazing sight.
I had to stop.
I had never viewed such an incredible scene. But, I needed to get to the first day of my new assignment on time. I didn’t know where I was going, so I would have to stop to take the photograph the next day.
I drove by the bare stand of trees for two weeks. Early each morning the sun rose behind them. Unfortunately, the next morning the spider webs were gone and never reappeared.
It is was one of the first of the many opportunities lost over my twenty plus year photography career. The photo was captured in my head and only lives in my memory.
The image still haunts me. What missed images haunt you?