Shooting the shooting stars in Vermont

A shooting star streaks across the sky during the Perseid meteor showers.

I was planning an evening of night shooting with the arrival of the annual Perseid meteor showers, but big puffy clouds covered Vermont all day. So I went to dinner with Robin, my wife, and forgot about shooting for the night. As we went in the restaurant at 6:30 p.m., the big, beautiful clouds filled the sky. When we came out about 7:45, all the clouds were gone. I’ve never seen it clear off that quick so I headed for the hills.

I went to a friend’s property in Pomfret, Vt., that has a nice pond, some open space, lots of trees and is pretty far away from any human light sources. A great place to watch the stars.

It was pretty dark by the time I got set and I right away saw my first shooting star – a big, bright one zipped across the sky and I thought I was in for a great show. It was 30 minutes before I saw another one. The most active time for the meteor showers are after midnight, but I was up at 4:30 to catch sunrise, so I didn’t feel like sitting out there all night, I figured I’d fall asleep and miss any good pictures.

I worked the Milky Way and tried different compositions with trees in the foreground, hoping some streaks would happen in my shots. I saw about 10 meteors but there were several I didn’t notice when I looked at my photos.

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