This evening I set out to the viewpoint at the Plock of Kyle with the camera in response to an amber alert on the Aurora Alert App on my phone. As it happened it was a bit early and too light to have much chance of anything spectacular but I did get a few decent shots of the Skye Bridge and Kyleakin at night, plus a nice shot of the remnants of a sunset over the Inner Sound. As it got darker the stars came out to play and I actually saw a shooting star as well but it was too fast to catch on camera.
The shot of the bridge above was interesting because the lights of the cars show the shape of the bridge really well but in reality they were tail lights and should have been red. However, the camera has obviously picked up the glow from the headlights as being brighter, even though to the naked eye that was maybe less obvious as they were pointing away from me. Also there is quite a glow coming from Broadford in the distance.
In the last shot below you can see the Plough in the top left quarter of the image and there is a faint hint of the Aurora in the distance, a faintly green-ish hue, but nothing great. It was also very cold considering it was only 9 o-clock. Anyway, the alert app has reduced the rating so I don't think it is worth going out again later on.
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer with his own part-time consultancy business and I work as an estate manager for a national conservation charity in Scotland. I am based in Lochalsh, Wester Ross, Scotland, just next to the Isle of Skye.
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