Very early on Tuesday morning I quietly left the house and set up the tripod facing to the stars in hopes of viewing the Perseids.
A bit of a running joke with a friend of mine, I have historically been unable to see shooting stars for some reason unknown to me. I'm happy to report this finally changed. While I have no photos of the event I'll forever remember the moment and the child-like excitement it created.
Overall the viewing wasn't spectacular (I was out from about 2:30-3:30am) and the photographs aren't particularly good but it was fun nonetheless.
(I have some room for improvement in nighttime photography.)
The Big Dipper was just over the horizon and appeared far bigger than normal, though I learned later at work this is just an optical illusion.