Mull night skies have to be seen to be believed. So often we talk to guests who never see the stars – and it is easy for us to forget that it is not the norm for everyone to have dark clear skies like this. We are very lucky.
I had said to our guests in Studio and Shieling that I would tell them if the Northern Lights appeared during their stay. Shortly before 9pm Farmer looked outside and saw the glow. I went to alert them to the possibility of a northern lights experience, and we stood up the track away from the cottage lights looking at the (very faint) glow from the Aurora Borealis, and marvelling at the Milky Way and the stars!
Last night, the aurora was very faint, and the moon rising made it even more difficult to see. Whilst I was in the garden I spotted these beautiful tree shadows.
Tonight when we first looked outside the aurora was quite bright, whites were visible by the naked eye, but then it grew fainter. The skies were very clear and the Milky Way was strong.
A year ago this evening I photographed the Northern Lights and the Moon. It was one of those unforgettable experiences.
Then I was about to go to bed, when I looked outside again…
I am glad I looked. Mull night skies were no longer dark, but lit up dramatically. The only editing I have done to these photographs is to straighten the horizon and sharpen a bit.
The colour is straight out of the camera. Glorious!