Every year, the Earth in the first half of August crosses the remains of stardust left by the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle makes possible to observe Perseids in the sky at this time.
For years, they have delighted observers and are becoming more and more known phenomenon in our culture. The symbolism and beauty of “falling stars” makes a faster heartbeat. Before the maximum in 2018 I tried to find a place from which I could photograph this phenomenon in an interesting way that no one else has done before in Poland. I choose a small peak in Pieniny, the Sokolica mount. One the top is relict, a 500-year-old pine tree growing from the edge, an extremely charming place and recognizable all over the world. A lot of things had to be played to I could realize my plan. However, I got lucky and weather was perfect, which resulted by the frame I had exactly planned.
Unfortunately, the 500-year-old pine tree which was the symbol of Sokolica, the entire Pieniny and was recognizable not only in Poland but also all over the world, a few days after I took this photo was destroyed during the rescue operation at the summit with the use of a helicopter. As it turned out later, my picture has become unique not only because no one has ever done such a photograph at this summit before, but also because it will never be a similar photograph on it, because the pine which was an icon of this elevation has been broken.
Here is my work titled “Perseids meteor shower over Sokolica” made in 2018, it presents a view from the peak of Sokolica in Pieniny Mountains in Poland. The whole composition is complemented by a very wide panorama of our Milky Way galaxy against which I managed to register nine bright meteors from the Perseidmeteor shower during the night.
Author: Michał Ostaszewski
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