I drove up to Silver Lake in the California Sierra Nevada range on Wednesday (not the peak night, but predicted to have about 80% of the peak night) to photograph the Perseids. I stayed at Kit Carson Lodge overnight (or what was left of of the night by the time I got back). I chose Frog Lake at Carson Pass, at about 8900' for my location. Quite dark, with a little light pollution from the NE and SW, but not enough to interfere with visibility. I scouted in the afternoon, then came back about 8 pm. I underestimated the exertion required for a 1 mile hike at 8600-8900 ft., so was pretty tired (well, to be honest, I wasn't sure I was going to make it) going up there in the evening, especially since I was carrying about 40-50 lbs of equipment-2 cameras, 2 tripods, 2 lenses, etc.
There were 15-20 cars in the parking lot, so I was dreading having to fight for a space to set up my cameras. But when I got there, the only people were a family camping above the lake. I had the lake all to myself. I set up my cameras, one at each end of the lake, and waited for it to get dark. At around 9:15, I happened to look up and saw the most amazing meteor I have ever seen, in person or in a photograph. It was bright green and red and stretched about 25% of the span from horizon to horizon, lasting for a full second. Absolutely wonderful! Then a couple of minutes later, I saw another like it, only about 1/4th the length. I should have had my cameras going, but even if I had, I think I only would have caught a small part of it, given where I was pointed. So I began taking pictures using my intervalometers and captured about 1450 images. I found one obvious nice one that I'm attaching here. I got a few others, but none especially nice.
So all in all, even after missing an amazing meteor, being cold and exhausted (the hike down at 2 am was pretty tiring as well), I am quite happy I made the trip. Seeing that amazing meteor, getting one good shot, and just sitting in my chair (yes, I brought a chair) looking up at the very bright Milky Way and meteors was an experience not to be missed. Next year I'll not make the initial scouting trip, but just leave a little earlier for the evening set up, and take warmer clothes.
I hope you like the image I got. I'm certainly happy with it.