Being in the right place at the right time isn't always about luck. More often than not, it's also about planning and thinking 'on the fly' as situations change. I had just witnessed first light from a higher vantage point looking east over Red Lake after a 4 hour drive through the night. The plan was to shoot sunrise in Hope Valley. I knew when sunrise was (ish), but I didn't know how long I would need to drive down into the valley and scout a location. I had a few spots in mind but had no idea whether the Aspen were in color, so there was an element of the unknown in my plan. From the first vantage point above the lake I could see that Red Lake Peak (seen here) was facing east and I knew it had the potential to catch the first rays of sunrise with the lake in the foreground. I drove down to the side of the lake and wrestled with what to do for several minutes, ultimately deciding I would see what happened here. Not 2 minutes later, this magical orange glow began to creep down the side of the mountain. The rest, as they say, is history!