My best friend is here visiting me from New Mexico, where I’m from. Over the last 20 years the 2 of us have taken innumerable pictures. Basically our lives have been documented in photographs. We got into scrapbooking for years, but it’s a little expensive….. I’m going digital now.
There was supposed to be a meteor shower overnight: The Leonid Meteor Shower. “The Leonids occur every year on or around Nov. 18, when Earth glides through a diaphanous trail of dust left behind by the comet Tempel-Tuttle” says http://www.space.com/13613-leonid-meteor-shower-peak-1966-storm.html. Fox News had some good info too http://www.foxnews.com/science/2012/11/16/leonid-meteor-shower-peaks-before-dawn-saturday/?intcmp=trending. Peak hours were midnight to 3am.
And so, shutter-bugs to the core, at 1 o’clock in the morning, we bundled up in multiple layers of sweatshirts and coats, set our shutter speed to 30 seconds (I think next time I’ll try the bulb setting) and headed outside. I have a Canon EOS Rebel T3 and she has the T3i. I’ve had mine since Christmas; she got hers last Tuesday. She has an 85 mm lens; I have a 55 mm (we all have to start somewhere).
After wandering my pitch-dark backyard in our socks and flip flops and finding nothing, we decided to try our hand at pictures of the stars. My camera was on a tripod; I got a bunch of blue dots (except one shot that got a little streak). She tried it without the tripod and got a light trail from the neighbors back porch spotlight; (she doesn’t sit still and has the attention span of a flea) you couldn’t even see the stars.
We went in when we realized we were being stalked by a possum. Those are pretty mean critters. It kept running out from under the deck. It wasn’t hissing at us or anything, but I didn’t want to stick around for it. I have a feeling it lives under my deck. I think it is probably a good idea to look into possum repellant.