Three stories from the Laurelville woods this week, starting off with the Geminids…

The Geminids are an annual meteor shower with a peak which unfortunately occurs in mid-December. Nevertheless, the Ordinary Family bundled up and stood on our back porch gazing up at the sky. We weren’t disappointed. All of us saw at least one meteor, and those of us who were more patient saw some extremely bright ones.

I was inspired to get my camera and try to capture some meteors with long-exposure images. Here was my prize for the night…

A shooting star?

Alas – things are not as the seem. If you look closely, you’ll notice how the trail has periodic intense spots. This was an airplane.

By 9:30, I was sufficiently cold to quit watching, even though the peak of the shower wouldn’t come until after midnight…

If you missed this shower, you’ll have another chance soon. The Quadrantids are an equally prolific and bright shower that will occur just after the New Year. You may have to deal with some moon light then, however.


Also on Thursday, we had a visitor in our house…

(Photos by Ordinary Spouse!)

The last time this happened the cats decreed that the mouse should go. This time, they seemed more inclined to make friends. Eventually, Ordinary Spouse caught it and took it back outside.


Finally, here is a little creature we found crawling along our driveway today.

We think it’s a little brown bat¬†(Myotis lucifugus), although that’s mostly just an educated guess (since they’re the most common bats in Pennsylvania). We don’t have a good idea why it was crawling along mid-day. By late afternoon, it was gone.

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