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A Strange Series of Events

By Johnnybairdphotography
It’s strange how a series of events can culminate in a unique feeling. It all started after getting up early morning and reading by torchlight a memorial stone just 50 feet or so from where I had pitched my tent at an Port, Donegal. But, we’ll get back to that soon. After sunset at Glendalough Bay, I had been hiking back over the cliffs to an Port when a thick mist formed over the headlands, rolling off into the sea below. A spooky but engaging experience, watching the mists swamp the many sea stacks 100s of metres below. The whole experience was enhanced by what I had read earlier that morning on the memorial stone. In 1870 a cargo ship (The Sydney), enroute from Canada, had hit the rocks off Sturrel head (back left of the image, just under Orion.) Nineteen sailors perished. Four of these sailors were buried where the memorial stone now resides. It was hard not to think of those lives lost as I walked alone through the mist.

Finally I passed through the mist and continued on with the hike. Approaching the final descent to an Port, I stopped off just after Toralayden Island (right), spotting the ghostly pyramidal glow of Zodiacal Light* on the Western horizon. Now this was the first time I’ve actually seen Zodiacal light with the naked eye –an awfully elusive one to spot, and needs a dark sky. Seeing the mysterious glow of Zodiacal Light, in combination with the previous events of the day, added to the contrasting eerie yet peaceful mood. Once again I found myself thinking of those sailors lost - Rest in Peace in the light of the night.

* Zodiacal Light may be seen in the Northern Hemisphere from February to April, towards the end of twilight and the onset of true darkness. Look for this hazy cone of light on the Western horizon, caused by sunlight reflecting off dust particles outside of Earth’s atmosphere.

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Tags: Light Seascape Night Long exposure Ireland Donegal Night sky Nightscape Landscape and travel Elusive zodiacal

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10 Apr 2018 9:32PM
Great image, great write up.

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Tooma Plus
3 1.9k 2 Scotland
11 Apr 2018 1:30AM
A fine and well considered shot. Looks great in fs.
owen_john 13 29 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2018 7:32PM
Love the image, however you might want to straighten the horizon as it's very distracting!
Thanks so much for your comments everyone. They are much appreciated. Btw the horizon is straight, it is cloud. Annoying I know!
Ross_D Plus
5 838 1 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2018 3:25PM
Great, atmospheric image. Love the balance between light and shade.....also like the scattering of stars As others have said, the write up is very descriptive....... many togs don't bother which personally I find disappointing. Btw..... I see what you mean by the 'artificial 'horizon Smile

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