I had great intentions of photographing the Perseid Meteor Shower early this morning. I went out in the early, early morning hours, set up my tripod, and was ready to take photos. I had two problems . . . the biggest was that I have not done a night sky shoot (other than the moon), so everything was by trial and error; and the second was that the meteors were everywhere that my camera wasn’t. I downloaded a whole bunch of photos hoping to get something worth publishing but it was a complete bust. Another part of the problem, I think, was that there was a smoky haze in the sky so it wasn’t as dark and the stars weren’t as brilliant as they usually are. So I will have to do the night sky another time.
As I was going back to the house, I heard a commotion on our front porch. I turned on the flashlight only to see Mr. Skunk sitting there on my doorsteps, just looking at me, daring me to come closer. I made some noise and Mr. Skunk moved off the steps, but still stood there looking at me. He wandered off a little more until I felt it was safe to approach my front door. The last thing I needed in the middle of the night was to be sprayed by a skunk.
So this afternoon I went down to the park with the old wagon trains. They recently planted fields of wildflowers around the wagons and I’ve been waiting for them to bloom. Some of them were in bloom today.