A meteorific night!

Last night the Perseid meteors were out in full force, so I hiked in the Dream Lake up in Rocky Mountain National Park to capture the splendor and sleep under the beautiful starry night. The night began as a battle against the torrential rains that scattered across the rockies, which made for a very wet and soggy ride on my motorcycle. Needless to say, I wasn't a very happy camper. Especially after the hour long drive that put me at the base of the hike with nothing but clouds, rain, rain and more rain. I decided to wait it out though, hoping the skies would clear before sunrise instead of driving back to my very inviting warm bed back in Boulder. When I arrived at the trailhead 12,000 feet up in the middle of the night, I felt like a cold wet icycle that needed thawing. Turns out my motorcycle doesn't provide much protection against the elements... I quickly hopped off my bike, grabbed my pack, and started hiking the steep trail to warm my blood. I was blessed with perfect weather when I arrived at the lake - the rain had stopped, the sky had cleared, and the stars were shining as bright as ever. I set my camera up, and started snapping away to capture the meteors that seemed to be everywhere. It was an amazing show, definitely a first for me, and it turned out to be a magical night. I walked away with one of the coolest night sky photos I've taken to date, so I hope you enjoy! It was quite a lot of effort to get this one shot, but well worth it in my opinion :)

 

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