'Northern Lights now!' the message read, and as we had not yet experienced this phenomenon, we rushed outside.
Due north of our home, just over the hill, is Kirkwall Airport and then the town of Kirkwall itself. These are probably our only real sources of light pollution, but Northern Lights tend to be in the north, I guess.
As our eyes became accustomed to the gloom, we were aware of a pale, slowly changing cloudscape close to the horizon. Hey, those aren't clouds. And they're very faintly green.
But as we watched, the colour intensified and then morphed into red as well.
I now rushed back indoors. My camera was not set up for this kind of photography, a shocking lack of respect for the 7 Ps. Shame on me.
Swapping lenses, dialling in a set of best guess parameters and mantling a tripod all at the same time, I stumbled back outside into the dark and experimented with a few shots.
|Perhaps focussing would be a good idea?|
|That's a bit better|
But as the evening progressed, things were to become a bit more lively.
|Not sure what was causing the ripple effect in the centre, but it was apparent on many of my shots|
|Northern Lights and the Light Of My Life|
The next morning, the local Facebook page for sky phenomena was aglow with some amazing photographs, all a zillion times better than mine!