Last night the alert was given….. the Merrie Dancers (the colloquial Shetland term for the Northern Lights) were out.  Some friends told me and pointed me towards a northward facing webcam.

So this time, having learned my lesson from a few nights’ past, I had my camera kit set up and ready.  As you can see, it is all fairly glamourous staring outside into the pitch dark at the backdoor next to the vegetable rack and the floor mop.

I was just trying to work out where to point the camera.

I managed to miss the bit when they were doing well – dammit – the problem is I can’t actually see anything through the view finder so I am just vaguely pointing and praying.

And by the time I had got everything back under control…..

The clouds were descending, the dancers stopped dancing and then it poured with rain.  Still it is looking good for the next few nights so I will keep trying.

I remind myself of my moment of glory – taken in January 2012 when I was featured on the BBC website.  I know I can do this. I have before so I can do it again.

Anywho, also, now feeling fairly awful about leaving the little hedgehog from the other day, I then saw another (could be the same one) yesterday but all I had to carry it home in was my riding hat and I didn’t think that was a good idea.

Today I vowed to go and look for small hedgehogs, weigh them and decide whether to bring them home or not.  The plan is to fatten them up and release again before hibernation.  I drove around at dusk but saw nothing. I am leaving my kit in the car and will try to do this regularly.



5 thoughts on “Almost

  1. Linda

    Of course you’ll get another Northern Lights beautiful photo, Frances! Now that you know they’ll be there for a few nights, RELAX about taking the photos – you’ve got time on your side!

    My heart is with yours as to the hedgehogs…

  2. diane in northern wis

    I love your heart Frances….and that you’re now driving around looking for hedgehogs to fatten up! I think that one pic of the northern lights was quite lovely, even though a little low in the sky. I can’t wait to see if you are able to snap any more this week!


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