Linda and I got together with some friends last Friday at the observatory to watch the meteor shower. It wasn't much of a show, to many clouds. We went to sleep about midnight and got back up at 2:30a when it was supposed to be clear. The seeing was better but not great. We finally gave up after 4a. We didn't see many meteors but still had a good time. I didn't even try to take any meteor photos. It just wasn't worth the effort. Not much else going on around here except for what seems like the obligatory doctor's visit.
I have two photos today. The first is a female eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly. This photo was taken using my telephoto lens from about 18 feet away. The quality isn't as good as what I would have achieved using a macro lens at a foot or two away but I think it's acceptable. The second is a golden silk orbweaver. These spiders are huge. Her body is over an inch long. The out of focus spider is the much smaller male. I think he's destined to be dinner.