The early morning of 13 Aug 10, I decided to check out the Perseids meteor shower. We had
seen this shower about four years earlier with David down in southern Utah, and it was
awesome. This time, though, I decided to get up about 2 am and drive out to a dark spot and
try to get some pictures of a meteor falling. I knew the odds were against it, but I wanted to try.
Tracy didn't want to have anything to do with getting up that early on a work day, though, so I
went by myself. I drove for about an hour, and had a hard time deciding on where to stay. I
eventually found a nice dark spot, even if there were some hills around me, and I proceeded to
try to get a picture of a falling star. Well, I literally probably saw a hundred meteors, and there
were half a dozen that I would see fall right in front of my camera just as a I heard the 30
second shutter close. It was very frustrating. But after all was said and done, I actually
managed to catch one! When I saw it fall and figured I had caught it, I was jumping around
doing a happy dance! It took nearly two hours just to barely catch one, but it was fun to try.
The picture isn't great, but you can see it, and that's a good start for my first time out with a
point and shoot camera. This was the most meteors I have ever seen in one shower. There
were several times when I was seeing 5 or 6 in one minute, and even two or three in a matter
of 10 seconds. It was a good night, and I want to do more of that. I survived the day at work!