Some light relief

Mothering Sunday is not my favourite day of the year. This year I felt particularly low and yesterday was pretty much a case of filling in time until I could go back to bed. However, just as I was about to grab the crossword and a mug of hot chocolate, I looked out of the door and found the most amazing show of the Northern Lights going on.

Well, I had to grab my camera, didn’t I?

My first set of shots left much to be desired but we were forced in by pellet snow before I had time to adjust my settings.

Looking out again later, the snow had stopped and the lights were even stronger, so off I trotted out once more. I am pleased that I did. I even captured a ring

ring (1 of 1)

It was bitterly cold out there and very slippery underfoot, so I did not stay out long. As always I was hampered by the light pollution from the school and limited by the lack of interesting foreground.

This was the best show that I have seen to date – apart from that one amazing night in Methley all those years ago, of which I have no photographic evidence at all. That night there were pink and green zig-zag bands across the whole sky, though no apparent movement. I wish that I had an image of that. Last night there was plenty of movement though I caught mainly boring old green – there was much more red later on when we finally headed for bed. For now I am grateful that this show happened before we leave Orkney.  I should like one more good one before we go and I promise that, in the absence of snow and ice, I shall get the car out and go find a more interesting location.

I noticed on my way that my spirits had been considerably lifted. Thanks for that, Mother Nature.

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October 22, 2020 at 01:21PM

Ah, the windy highway. The last time we came down here our awning blew open… Thankfully it’s not even close to being that windy today. Phew. Not so good now that the tolls have been removed and there are HGVs to contend with. A bit macho, your Spanish lorry driver.. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020

October 22, 2020 at 12:22PM

Rather a different day today but still warm, with 24 degrees expected by the time that we reach Ribamar. Those Happy Hour beers will be tempting. Shopped this morning before leaving, to find the Christmas Turron had arrived overnight. I confess; we spent an inordinate amount on Turron and chocolate. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020


  1. March 8, 2016

    Those are stunning photos and gorgeous colours. One day I hope to get to see the Northern Lights for myself. Thanks for sharing!

  2. March 8, 2016

    these are fantastic, thank you for sharing them ????

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