I was in Florida on what was not a photography trip. However, even on a "non photography trip" I decided to still take my camera and tripod. Well at least my 50D, with just the 10-20mm lens and a travel tripod. A fairly compact kit and one I knew I could get some great images with.
Every morning I knew I could go out and catch the sunrise and then go on about my day. It was a chance I could maybe get a good image but not a day where I would spend the day chasing them.
One evening I was walking along the beach and found a log in the surf. Snapped a quick image and walked on. I decided to go back the next morning and see if I could get an image. I got out early and found the log. There were clouds and there was some motion in them.
As the light rose I decided to go for a long exposure. Anchored the tripod and started what amounted to about a 4 minute exposure. That time turned the surf smooth and the clouds streaky.
I got an image that I really liked and made it back for breakfast. Not too bad of a photograph for a non-photography trip.