Nature

Northern Lights

Last night we were treated to another fine display of northern lights.

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Mither Tap

Mither Tap is an unmistakable landmark on the skyline of Aberdeenshire. Part of the Bennachie range of hills, it has an Iron Age fort on its summit from which there are fantastic views in all directions.

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Milky Way and Northern Lights

At the end of last month, we had some wonderfully clear evenings that provided great views of the Milky Way and the Northern Lights. Sadly the alignment was all wrong to try and get a photo of both together in a single image, but you can’t always have everything.

This was the first time I have tried to photograph the Milky Way having been inspired by the many amazing images you can find on the internet. I’m pleased with the results so far but still have a lot more experimentation to do. If we could just get some more evening skies like this one…

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Skies above Drumdollo & Drumblade

Some of the spectacular skies we have had over the last month or so.

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Winter 2016

This Winter there has always been something that needed doing at the weekend which limited the opportunities of getting out with the camera.

There are a couple of fields close to the house which this year which have Highland Cattle, or ‘Hippy Cows’ as Agnes and all her family prefer to call them.

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Aurora over Watch Mount

To the back of our home is an elongate hill called Watch Mount upon which a row of mature Beech trees runs along the crest. On Monday evening the skies to North of this were glowing with the tail end of a display of the Northern Lights which had been seen extensively throughout the UK the previous evening, although sadly Agnes and Myself had missed this!

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Aurora Borealis

Thursday evening was spent in the garden watching the Aurora Borealis. No moon and a virtually cloudless sky helped to produce the most stunning display Agnes & Myself have ever seen since we have been living in Scotland. What the images don’t capture was the rapid swirling movement we were also seeing.  This will certainly be a night to remember.

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A cloudless night

A cloudless sky was perfect for tying to capture a photograph of the moon. Although a couple of days short of a full moon, the image came out pretty well. I particularly like the shadows on the craters in the bottom left of the image which give a real insight to the size of these features.

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