Turret Arch, one of the many arches in Arches National Park, Utah, is blanketed in fog on a cold winter sunrise.
For me, this image was another lesson in knowing when to turn around. Like every other photographer, I planned to photograph the Turret Arch through one of the windows. With the fog, I thought I could give that composition a fresh look. The weather had other ideas.
You have to scramble up a rock in order to line up the arch through the window. Just 10 feet short of my ultimate destination, the ice grew worse. There were only two hand and foot holds. Both were encased in ice. I searched for a way up, but eventually common sense won. If I slipped, I would have fallen at least 20 feet. No image is worth that. So I frantically searched for an alternate composition. The light lasted only a few moments. I think I came away with a unique image, which I wouldn't have got if I stayed with the original plan.