...It’s time for the Perseid meteor shower! I got up at 4 a.m. this morning and went up to the Roundtop’s north parking lot to watch the Perseids. Wow! What a show! For once it was clear and no moon was up to brighten the sky. Orion, that familiar winter warrior, was just above the eastern horizon. The milky way stretched the length of the sky.
I saw lots of meteors—one almost large enough to call a fireball, several really good “ordinary” meteors and lots of little ones. In the 45 minutes or so I was there before dawn intervened and ruined the viewing I probably saw 35-40 meteors. If I’d brought something to lay on I could have seen more of the sky at one time and likely found even more. It was the Perseid show I’d seen in years.
...I have to wear my headlamp in the mornings when I walk the dogs again. The days are growing shorter.
...The thistles are blooming and the American goldfinch are enjoying the riches. Pokeweed berries look fully formed but are still green—it’s not that late in the season just yet.