This year was billed to be one of the brightest Perseids meteor showers in decades, but a full moon kept even the dark sky hovering over the water too bright to see all that action in the sky. Out on the water, the stars light up the night like a disco ball. But that’s only if the clouds are gone… and the moon is absent.
Each night, we squinted our eyes, and looked up until our necks hurt, trying to pretend that the moon wasn’t going to stop us from making wishes upon shooting stars. My husband and I even took the Red Canoe out on the water, and paddled to all the corners of the lake, and saw nothing. Except for the inky black water, fish jumping in front of us, the moon, the moonlight reflecting on the water, and felt ethereal quietness, and spaciousness that comes only at night, and makes you wonder if you are dreaming this. By the way, did you know that there are no mosquitoes on the water… just at the shore.
Here’s what we all missed…
This is what Jeffrey Sullivan captured just a few years ago.
We gave up and sat by the fire instead. The light from the fire outshone the moon, and the crowd grew.
I have no idea where these chairs came from…
One of my favorite things to do is to wake up in the morning, and look at the fire pit and see what trails we left behind that were invisible at night, and are fully illuminated in the morning.