This is a big sky week in Orkney (other locations are available), with a partial solar eclipse booked in for Friday morning and a spectacular display of the Aurora borealis as a taster on the preceding nights.
I wish... or perhaps, eyewash.
On Tuesday afternoon, the signs were not good...
That dark band below the Sun isn't Hoy, it's a fog bank.
So, come the evening, when the Lancaster University AuroraWatch UK's site was lit up like a Christmas Tree all night, the same couldn't be said for many parts of Orkney.
In fact, all I managed of a very spectacular show, was this paltry effort, looking straight up where the cloud was thinnest.
Yep, the aurora was overhead and my camera does still put that weird ripple effect onto the centre of the image.
The following morning, as we left the house early on our way to the airport, things hadn't really improved...
However, as the day wore on, it turned into something of a corker. Lots of sunshine and light winds allowing Spring cleaning to kick in: cars washed and cleaned; house windows cleaned; loads of washing dried on the line and the house well and truly aired.
Sadly, come late afternoon again, the view from the ironing board was picturesque but unpromising for the evening ahead.
Still puzzled by my Canon's ability to drop a pebble into my night shots, I dug out Our Lass's Nikon and pondered how to drive the thing. It was much more difficult than the transition from, say, right hand drive and manual, to left hand drive and automatic. Or perhaps I'm just hard of thinking? But it would be interesting to find out whether it was my tripod or myself that was the problem, rather than the camera.
Anyway, the Aurorawatch UK site was again rather exciting, so I thought it worth a go.
Now, we do suffer from a little light pollution when looking northwards. There's the airport for a start, plus a new-ish wind turbine which is fitted with a nice rosy navigation beacon.
Lovely reflection off the clouds, eh?
Yeah, clouds. Fiddlesticks! But at least there's no ripples in the centre of the image, so some progress, if only Canon-condemning progress.
So here's the best image of the evening, showing something of a green tinge between the breaks in the clouds. Yay!
But you don't want to know what the weather forecast's like for Friday morning...