Perseid Meteor Shower was a Dazzling Display

I saw my first meteor shower tonight from the comfort of my own backyard.  I was out tonight shooting the North Star (Polaris) with my telescope at 11pm when I noticed a bright flash of light streak through the night sky.  I quickly took my DSLR off my telescope and quickly mounted it to a tripod in hopes to capture one of these amazing bursts of light with my camera.  It is 1am now and I did not think I had captured any of the meteors I have seen tonight.  As I was pouring over the hundreds of photos I took tonight, a small white streak in the upper left of this photo caught my eye:

Perseid Meteor Shower

Perseid Meteor Shower

As you can see, there is a white streak of light to the left of the redwood tree and I am amazing that I actually caught one of these on film.  There were three memorable meteors that left a lasting impression on me as they burned a bright white and cut through the darkness, leaving a long trail behind them.

Between the hours 1am and 1:30am I had to recharge my battery for my camera, which gave me some time to write so here I am.  After coming back from shooting a second time, I caught two more meteors at 1:53am and 1:54am and thank goodness because I am tired!

Perseid Meteor Shower @ 1:53am

Perseid Meteor Shower @ 1:53am

Perseid Meteor Shower @1:54am

Perseid Meteor Shower @1:54am

I was truly captivated by the site of the meteors tonight as I have never seen anything like this before.  There were several times tonight where I wanted to pack it up and head off to bed but each time I thought of doing that, another meteor would streak by.  I could not wait for the next one to come around.  I did not keep track of how many I saw but it was on the order of 20 to 30, each one unique and magical.  Apparently this is an annual meteor shower so I will patiently wait for the next one to grace the night sky next year.

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