A couple of years ago I took a ‘vacation’ to the Outer Banks. I’m putting quotes around the word vacation because it’s sometimes hard to call a week of getting up before the sun rises a vacation. I have to admit that it was an exhausting week of photography. Normally my vacations include miles upon miles of biking or hiking, but strangely taking photos all week was just as tiring. And the worst part was that you committed yourself to rising at 4 am and driving an hour to see the sunrise without any knowledge of whether or not the sun would even be visible. The photo of the lighthouse was one of those days. After driving an hour to get to this lighthouse for the perfect sunrise picture it was a very disappointing bust. It rained and there was no sun in sight. Sometimes you just have to make the best of your situation. This forced me to look for other interesting things. I took many pictures of the usual beaches, pavilions, bridges and trees, but it was the reflection of the lighthouse in a puddle that became my prize shot. Nobody else in my group happened to notice this shot. Sometimes the best shots are in the most unexpected places.