|The only meteor I was able to catch is in the center of the photo next to the corner of the house in this shot.|
It was after midnight and dark. My eyes had not adjusted to the darkness and I was using my flashlight to show the way. I had already seen a coyote and several field mice cross the highway. I did not expect other wildlife. I squeezed through the barbed wire fence with my camera and tripod in hand. I approached the old farmhouse and was greeted with a cacophony of pigeon wings as the inhabitants of the house were roused by my flashlight. I saw several disappear into the dark sky, but one lit upon the ground a little way from me. I shown the light on him and approached. After a few aborted and fouled attempts I held the bird in my hand.
Now, what do I do with him?
I make a habit of wearing cargo shorts during the summer. At almost all times. I thought of the chickens of my youth and how you could fool the bird into submission by laying a pencil on his neck in place of your finger. I decided to make use of my pockets!
So, with a pigeon in my pocket, I set about preparing for my shots. I put the house in the foreground and lined up with the part of the sky I wanted to shoot. I then proceeded to take shots. At one point I felt something a little moist on my leg. Given that I had forgotten about my friend, I took the flashlight and looked at my pant leg. My little friend had attempted to gross me out by voiding his bladder/intestines. Yuck. Unfortunately for him, I was already moving through weeds and sage and nastiness, so a little more dirt did not bother me any more.
book that is called, "Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!" It's by Mo Willems, a children's book author of whom I am fond.) We traded several texts about the meteor shower while I shot.
I came home and found Cora in the back yard. My companion had not moved very much and seemed happy to be in my pocket. I had to prove it to Cora, who seemed a little doubtful of my word. I shown the light on him. Cora was amused. I was going to put him in an old rabbit cage overnight and show him to Chloe before releasing him, confident in pigeon powers to find his home.