Attempting to flee the worst smoke from the Dixie Fire, Lori Hibbett and went on the road in search of clear skies to capture the Perseid meteor shower under. I checked the smoke forecast daily and we drove to dark places in Nevada where we may be able to get out from under the worst of the smoke, and perhaps above it, for our night photography. We drove so far, it seemed like we ended up in Mordor!
On the second best night of the 2021 Perseid meteor shower, one night before peak, this this was the location we settled on as the best we could do for smoke avoidance, so we set up here to see what we could get. As the sun was setting behind the adjacent ridge, shining through a thicker slice of smoke its light took on a copper color.