Nighttime in Nevada: Perseid Meteor Shower over Calico Range


This summer’s Perseid Meteor Shower has been on my calendar since I realized that it would be during the time of a new moon. Last year it happened when a full moon was out, and very little could be seen. For the peak night of the event this year, I decided to drive up to the infamous Black Rock Desert. Upon arrival, I was kind of bummed out because the legendary Burning Man event is already being setup, and there are bright lights all over the floor of the Playa which make the location horrible for my intended purpose. So I had to come up with a new plan and drove north on the lovely Soldier Meadows Road until the Burning Man lights were blocked by surrounding mountains. I then noticed being next to the Calico Range on the western edge of the Black Rock Desert. The Calico Range is really beautiful, and I especially like it because I had a photo of the range in the 2010 Wild Nevada Calendar. That was enough for me to make the location the photographic subject of the night. Besides, it was getting dark, so I parked for the night at a flat spot with a good view mountains and setup two different cameras to both shoot time-lapse footage all night long. I am still importing the files into Lightroom as I write. This photo caught my attention right away, so I thought I’d go ahead and post it. It is a 20 second exposure that captured several meteors.

Milky Way and Perseid Meteor Shower over Nevada's Calico Range

Milky Way and Perseid Meteor Shower over Nevada’s Calico Range

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