Last night was the height of the Perseids meteor shower. In an attempt to try some nighttime photography in the hopes of recording some meteors I started out at10:45 PM and stayed out until about 12:20 AM. It would have probably been better if I had gone out a bit later as there were not that many meteors. I did see a few good bright ones, but my camera was not pointed in their direction except once.
Upon examining the photos this afternoon, I was able to find a few small faint meteors in several frames.
There are no meteors in this photo, but nice to look at.
Click on the photos on the left to make them larger. See if you can find the meteor(s). Then click on the photos on the right to see an arrow pointing to the meteor(s)
For those of you who don’t know – on Wednesday 05 August, there was a horrible toxic spill of wastewater from an abandoned mine above Silverton. The EPA was doing an environmental assessment and accidentally caused a breach of a containment dam. An estimated three million gallons of orange sludge flowed into Cement Creek, which then flowed into the Animas River. The sludge is reported to contain high levels of heavy metals including copper, zinc, cadmium and arsenic.
This is a major catastrophe which could affect the health of the river for years.
On Sunday morning I did a short walk above and below Rotary Park. I went looking for any signs of water fowl in the Animas River. The only evidence I saw were two Mallards just downstream from the Main Avenue bridge. There is a small fresh water seep coming into the river below the Animas Crossing condos.
A pair of Mallard Duck swiming in the polluted Animas River, August 09, 2015
The Mallards hung out mostly near the riverbank but one actually swan across to the East side of the river and was rooting around under water for some food.
The water in the last photo actually looks bluer than it actually was. The first day, Thursday, that the spill arrived in Durango, the color of the water was much more of a mustard color. Check out the Durango Herald for coverage, videos and photos.