Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - Kevin Key Photography - San Diego, California

2017 Perseids Meteor Shower in Jacumba, California

This is more of a Milky Way and night sky time lapse as the Perseids weren't nearly as numerous this year compared to 2016.

I shot several sequences and used a total of 1545 frames to produce this video. The main background music is In the Hall of the Mountain King (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross rendition). I added some sound effects and other music as well.

Locations include Desert View Tower, Coyote's Flying Saucer Retrievals and Repairs, the Interstate 8 freeway, and some abandoned locomotives near the ruins of the Jacumba train depot.

The Desert View Tower is located on Interstate 8, near Jacumba and Ocotillo, in western Imperial County, Southern California. It is at 3,000 feet (910 m) in elevation, in the In-Ko-Pah Mountains.

The stone tower was built from 1922 to 1928 as a roadside attraction by Bert Vaughn, a real estate developer who owned Jacumba. The three story tower houses a museum and has an observation deck on its upper level. The gift shop at the base of the tower is a later addition.

An ensemble of stone sculptures of animal, called Boulder Park, is adjacent to Desert View Tower. They were sculpted by M.T. Ratliffe (or Radcliff) over two years during the 1930s in the local stone. Both the tower and sculpture garden are works of folk art.

The locomotive in the ending sequence is Carrizo Gorge Railway #1465. As soon as I post this to some of the railfan groups, I'm sure people will post more details about these engines.

Carrizo Gorge Railway, Inc.. (reporting mark CZRY) was a railroad operator on the San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway (SD&AE) from Tijuana, Mexico to Plaster City, California (Tijuana Tecate Short Line and Desert Line). Further down the line is the famous Goat Canyon Trestle - the largest curved wooden trestle in the world (last I checked).

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