The Orionids' peak occurred between Saturday night and Sunday morning, with a projected rate of 25 meteors per hour. I've only properly watched one meteor shower before (the Perseids in 2007), so I figured Saturday was a good day to correct that. With my camera, I drove to the closest dark sky I could find: an empty gravel road off of IN-75 (location approximate). I then took successive 20-second exposures of the eastern sky with two goals: snap a picture of a meteor, and make a time-lapse animation of Orion rising up and to the south.
I saw three meteors with the naked eye (two more than when I watched the Perseids five years ago), but none of them were in the camera's field of view. I did stay out for over an hour, so the time-lapse part worked... kinda. I forgot how powerful early-morning dew could be, and water slowly condensed onto my lens until, by 2 a.m., the camera captured no stars. That's something to remember the next time I try this (for I will try it again!), especially when I'm done building a barn door tracker (specifically, a double-arm tracker).
One more thing: With such a vast expanse of dark sky above me, with all those points of light and the Milky Way arrayed light-years away, I had the feeling, once again, that the whole thing was way too big and would fall down upon me. Only after I was out there for 15 minutes, looking intently on one part of the sky, did I get over that feeling. And in all that time, while a Radiolab podcast played on my phone, I thought, once again, of xkcd: