October 8th was a very clear night. So clear, that it was a perfect night to do long exposure star photography; and It just so happened that there were to be meteor showers too. So I packed my 5D markiii, a 24mm F1.4 lens, a few batteries, an intervalometer, a light weight tripod and went to Sandy Neck Beach, in Barnstable, MA.
The moon had already set and it was almost completely pitch black aside from a little light pollution from Hyannis and Boston. I walked a little closer to shore and sat on a rocky part of the beach. As I was setting up, I heard some shuffling in the rocks ahead of me. I ignored it for a moment until I heard a snorty "huff, huff." It was a seal! a baby seal.
Cape Cod Bay doesn't get a whole lot of seal, they typically are on the ocean side roaming up and down the National Seashore. Barnstable Harbor, typically gets even less seal, as it's a bay in itself, caused by the seven mile peninsula that is Sandy Neck. Lately, the seal seem to be a more common sight. Lots of people don't like them; I'm not too sure why. It could be because they eat all the cod (or so some believe); they're not very friendly and will bite you; and, oh yeah, SHARKS!
In anycase, It had very little interest in me, or even when @bettywhitestitties went and sat next it. I thought it would flap and wiggle itself into the water but it seems that they might be as lazy as they look. And cute too; it looked like a puppy with It's big black eyes beckoning for someone to come over and snuggle with it. I decided it was probably better not to, so we just took pictures of it instead.
The above image was a 15 second exposure and I caught, I think, two meteors. Over all we saw quite a few meteors burning through the atmosphere, but I didn't capture too many. Below is a non-meteor image of the final frontier, taken that same night.
And This one!!!...