The challenge of the unknown
As a great supporter of 'transient light', I always look for it and do my best to capture it. However, there are a few images that I'd love to capture which require long-term planning and I am sure this is the case with you also.
I believe that a large number of photographers plan ahead for some of their future photographic shoots, although that depends on the subject you want to photograph, of course. For example, you cannot plan to shoot a picture that includes transient light and a fleeting moment; these happen fast and you need to be on location, or in the right place, at the right time. I am talking about images we have envisaged, the ones we want to capture during a specific time of year, or at a specific time of day.
Everything can be planned and everything can go according to plan; you can be there on time and make the image. However, the only things you cannot control are light and weather. To go one step further, although the forecast can be to your liking, things might not go as per your wishes, which can cause disappointment and frustration.
We should not be disappointed, though. When the right time comes, planning can commence again and, who knows, it might happen the next time. After all, this is the exciting part of landscape photography; the challenge of the unknown and the pleasure of re-visiting a location, in the hope that an outstanding picture can be created.