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Nicholas Holshouser
Graveyard Fields, Milepost 420, Blue Ridge Parkway
02:18 am

Equipment Details:

Nikon Z6 with Irix Firefly 15mm lens. Almost waterproof boots...

Post-processing Details:

Crop to improve the composition. Increased exposure and shadows and added some Vibrance and Clarity.

Image Details:

This is an Aquarid meteor I believe based on the radiant direction. The camera is pointed almost directly SW and I would expect a Perseid to more vertical. Throughout the night I did see quite a few meteors from both showers and this wasn't the only reflected meteor I saw. I imagined this picture over a year ago while hiking in Graveyard Fields when I came upon this wide spot in the water. I didn't get a chance to try last year but it was a beautiful clear night and no moon yet so I headed out to try my luck. My luck was good. It's about a 1 mile hike in to this location, in the dark. There are more than a few bears in Graveyard Fields, especially this time of year when the berries are ripening and as it happens this spot is right next to a huge berry patch. I was wishing for no bears every time I saw a meteor and I got my wish.