As someone who's main focus is landscape (seems not that common here?) I totally understand your frustration. I can't count the number of times I've been up early for sunrise or at some location for sunset, and walked away with no shot; there are so many factors, including luck. Fantastic sunsets seem to rarely happen when I'm there and ready for it. Usually they're when I'm home and far away from a great spot to shoot from.
Heavy Duty lightning, wind, and thunderstorms for the next few days and nights, so no more photos soon. I did get my leaky roof on my studio fixed this morning, so its just in time. I have to patch it every year, so this time I had bought a large sheet of EPDM rubber to cover the entire thing. Its all glued down and secured at the edges. That should fix it unless I cut thru it this winter shoveling snow off. I don't trust the roof to hold more than 24-30 inches of snow, that happens every 3 years or so and is due again. I have a plastic roof rake that I use when I can, but when we get a lot of snow in a short time, it packs too hard to use the rake.
We hauled two loads of hay for the Horse and his goats today as well, knowing that the farmer had it on his hay wagon and it would otherwise get wet. We have more to haul, but it is already stored in the farmers barn, so we will do that later. Getting ready for winter each year seems to start around mid August. I still have a big list of projects to do, but things are on schedule.
I had hoped to photograph the rolling hills of golden wheat in the Palouse this year, but no such luck. Its a amazing site, totally different from the great plains where everything is flat seemingly forever. They even invented special combines to handle the steep hills and hillsides.