Time well wasted

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tonight the stars speak
There's nothing like watching a flaming chunk of space dust disintegrate in our atmosphere to pass the time. And I figure, if it's worth watching, it's probably worth trying to take a picture of. The problem is, even during the better meteor showers you usually only get a meteor or two per minute, and it's a big darn sky.

Regardless, I spent the wee morning hours of a few days last week driving out to the middle of nowhere to try to photograph a shooting star. I'll go ahead and disappoint you now - I didn't catch one. I saw quite a few, but never quite got the camera aimed at the right place at the right time. But all was not lost, I got a few good star trails and some shots of the milky way while out there.

And honestly, you can't ever call a night spent watching a meteor shower a failure.

Star Trails

Milky Way
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010
View from the Beehive
The coasts of Ireland were by far the prettiest parts of the country that we saw. This particular day we drove around the Dingle peninsula out to the westernmost part of Europe (who knew part of Ireland was farther west than Portugal? Not me.)

I really tried to limit my demands that we stop the car in the middle of the road so I could take a picture, but we still ended up stopping at least every 15 or 20 minutes. But, this one actually wasn't my idea. There was a sign pointing to "ancient beehives" that others wanted to see (they turned out to be tiny old stone houses that looked like beehives). I didn't even bother paying the 2 Euros to see them, I just wanted pictures. So I jumped a fence and headed over to the edge of a dirt mound to grab this one.

View from the Bee Hive
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