Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), Shetland

Lerwick and Wadbister Voe, 10 and 11 December 2007

I had a wonderful night looking at and photographing the aurora. As it began to fade from its most active phase I left Lerwick for a darker spot a few miles out of town. I wasn't disappointed and saw some spectacular displays about 10-15 degrees above the horizon. Keeping me company was an otter, snorting and plopping about in the water just in front of me - though he skillfully managed to avoid my camera flash! I was frozen to the bone by the time I went home and it took me an hour or two in a nice warm bed before I was properly warm - one of the perils of aurora watching I'm happy to endure! The last photo in this set is intriguing and I don't really know what it is. I think it may be the remains of one of the arms of aurora that is evident in the second photo, 2007-10870. It's in the right place for that and I cannot think what else it might be. If you have any ideas, please let me know - link to my contact page at the bottom of this page.

Image Ref: 2007-10859 - Image Date: 10 December 2007
Aurora over Hay's Dock warehouse, Lerwick, Shetland
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