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Apologies to anyone who has already seen these photos on my Facebook page, but I am still so excited to share them!
Last night I caught a mention on Twitter that there was a chance of seeing the northern lights. At about 9.15 I looked out of our back windows in the hope of seeing a vague greenish glow, which is pretty much all we can reasonably expect with our levels of light pollution.
But what I saw took my breath away – not just a greenish glow but brilliant curtains and spotlights, shooting up and then fading, and from the left a big ball of dazzling greenish light that travelled sideways like an enormous fireball and then faded away. To the right, the sky was visibly tinged with red.
Colin got the camera – luckily – while I got a chair and stood on it outside, much to the delight of Purdey who will now expect me to do it every night. The display lasted maybe 10 minutes, and then faded to a dull glow. We watched for a good hour, but I think we had just caught it at its peak. I still can’t quite believe what we saw.
The solar storm is still ongoing, apparently, so I’ll be looking out tonight as well. There are regular updates at www.spaceweather.com and Aurora Watch UK.
Yesterday was supposed to be the last fine day of this wonderful Indian summer, and so we decided to make the most of it. Plus, our newsletters are arriving from the printers later this week, and then it will be all hands on deck, stuffing envelopes. No more excuse needed.
We headed up Loch Lomond, and then turned off at Inverlussa, on a minor road which winds its way over Glen Douglas and drops down to Loch Long. Then up the Rest and Be Thankful and down to Loch Fyne, through Inveraray and on to Lochgilphead, before turning south down Kintyre.
About half an hour later, we were sitting by the quiet waters of Loch Caolisport. This is a lovely sea loch that cuts into the long finger of Kintyre, creating a pebbly beach near Ellary and a stretch of dusky sand just north of Ormsary. Curlews were feeding and calling, and a few oystercatchers were lazily watching the tide go out. It was beautiful.
Near Ellary on Loch Caolisport…
Beach near Ormsary…
Photos copyright © Colin & Jo Woolf