Thursday, August 16, 2012

Star Gazing

While waiting for the Persied meteors in the dark I didn't realize I was getting this tree too. Lighting on it was from a street light some 300 yards or so away.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Persied Meteor Shower

Up until 2AM and only seeing three meteors was discouraging to say the least. Those that I saw were never in the view of my camera. Issue for me was Dayton and Kettering, OH lights as well as a mall called the Green that isn't much more that maybe a mile or so to the north. There was some haze in the air from earlier clouds. The meteors were to come from the north north east so that horizon was pretty well lit up by man.

Anyway, I got this airline some 5 miles up I would guess. It's traveling west to east.

Jet in bottom (west) headed to the top of frame (east).

Leaving the top of the frame.

Going left to right in middle of frame. Small super high clouds whisking by.

Headed towards destinations unknown.

Not sure how far one can see at night but I am impressed with the little lights on these planes. He is a long ways off.

Side marker of a Citation Jet (CJ).

Saturday, August 11, 2012

A Well Deserved Drink

We've had a drought going on in our part of Ohio, not as bad as it is in the middle of the country but bad enough. Starting yesterday we got rain and much cooler weather, barely out of the 60's. Last week was a different story as they were forecasting low 90's and the thermometer hitting upper 90's. This is where they say, "but it feels like". All I know is HOT feels like HOT.

It's always hard to keep plants in hanging baskets hydrated. The wife was watering her hanging plants from the deck when I thought that might be a neat shot of the water.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

After the Rains

I took a series of shots of the moon a couple of nights ago but failed to reset my cameras Quality setting. I usually shot in RAW but the camera was set to its smallest pixels. Anyway, the shots came out pretty good, just small.

 This one is actually looking down on the reflection in a pond. Only ripples are from the ducks that seem to be active all night, feeding and staying alert of predators.
 Tried a boarder here but not really satisfied with it.