Strabane, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
I’ve always had a desire to capture the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) from my home town or even nearby. Normally we are too far south and light pollution etc would make it impossible, but this was not an issue on the night of Mother’s Day 2016. I knew the solar winds were striking so I took a chance & travelled to a high nearby hill side. Stepping into this field I witnessed a spectacle that I will never forget. The green waves of light were rippling across the sky above me which were clear to my naked eye. These lights are normally only visible through a good low light camera, I was very fortunate to see them so vibrant over Ireland that night.
I have been Aurora hunting many times since over the past 2 years but sadly with no success. This is the thing about Auroras, you may see only one amazing display in Ireland once in a decade or you may see 3 in one week but it’s all down to our sun’s solar activity & loads of faith/luck. One thing for certain is that I’ll be here anxiously waiting for her next big display
It was such an amazing experience to stand here that night and marvel at nature’s greatest show. I appreciate it so much as unfortunately a lot of people don’t get that opportunity 🙁 but for those who are unable, here is what it looked like through my eyes…..