Yesterday evening, I hiked up a hill looking for a location with a good view of sky and not too much light pollution. I am tired of looking at the sky and exclaiming, “Look at the stars. There must be dozens of them.”
I think the word ‘peak’ is too grandiose but at the top, I had a good view of the Nakdonggang and the west. Before it was dark, I took these pictures:
It’s interesting how the fortress-like cloud on the right remained over more than 20 minutes.
Anyway, just after 8:00, I saw my first star and over ten minutes, I discerned several more, but no falling stars.
Oh, a link for you: meteor showers this weekend and in two weeks. The link describes this weekend’s shower as being best viewed in the southern hemisphere which I don’t recall reading the first time I checked that page.
While up there, I was cooled by a gentle breeze but also visited by a few mosquitoes. When I began my descent, I used a flashlight. I heard some strange rustling in the woods and a lot of cicadas. I jumped and flailed quite vigorously when I discovered they were attracted to the headlight!
I completed my descent without the light and was able to recognize rocky dirt from trees and brush.
I hiked in the dark comfortably but I don’t think my son would be so relaxed. In the woods, out of the breeze, I was sweating again and I am not eager to carry my son: I may have to consider other places. Perhaps the cicada population will have decreased by then.