It would be our last day on Busuanga Island in Palawan, the last chance to catch the sunrise. The weather had been iffy for the past 3 days. The skies were too overcast, the wind too strong, and the waves rougher than was comfortable. Even though it didn't rain as forecasted, the conditions weren't ideal when you have to be on a boat along the coast. But my first opportunity for a sunrise shoot wasn't due to a lack of trying. When you wake up at four in the morning and don't see any stars above, you know sunrise will be similarly muted. Counting sheep was immensely more appealing.
As a twilight photographer, you know this lack of control over both your light source and your subject is part of the game. It's a crapshoot of sorts. You show up hoping things come together, but are just as prepared to be disappointed when they fall apart. It's an attitude helpful to the craft, as I hope you agree, it is too in life. After all, art and life, don't they tend to mirror each other? Enjoy.
(Pixel-peepers: When on vacation with the family, I try not to bring everything I own. My kit is spartan: a wide prime, a short macro, an ultra-light tripod, plus three filter systems every landscape photographer must own: a polarizer, a GND, and an ND8. And don't forget the uber-important gray balance card! Wait, there's more: a good hat to keep the gray matter warm, insect repellant to save on scratching time, and a bar of chocolate for the moments you'd rather shoot than stop for meals.)