Call me a Seattle stereotype, but this happens to me almost all the time! I am a lover of nature--I love taking pictures of pretty sunsets that take over your mind and imagination; of the emerald green, origami-thin leaves of the Japanese maple trees that stand and reflect the glowing Sun in my backyard; and I also think it's worth taking snapshots of times where nature may surprise you, such as the photo I posted here. :)
This picture was taken on my last night in California, when my family and I were about to leave a shopping center after enjoying a feast of sushi and egg drop soup at one of the many restaurants there. These rows of palm trees were standing in the central parking area...but also, they were standing against the lovely backdrop of the clear sky turning quickly into night; the Sun had just finished setting, as the string of lights that wound around the trees' standing bodies were glowing just as brightly. This scene had surprised me because even though the trees were in the middle of a suburban area that consisted of pavements and buildings instead of pure damp dirt and rushing streams, I still found myself feeling that same peace with nature as when jogging in a trail.
This is not to say that you would get the same experience from jogging a trail as standing in the middle of a shopping center at nighttime...But I do mean to say that these palm trees hadn't lost their magic despite where they were. :)
So if you all of a sudden find yourself wanting to take a picture of that sunset above the lake in front of you, or of that row of trees that always caught your eye during your morning jog, don't hold back because you don't know when you're going to see that same feeling of magic again!