The opportunity arose the other night on 7th Oct 2015 at very short notice that the Northern Lights may be visible as far south as Dorset. So I quickly gathered my equipment and dashed off to Hoylake more in hope than expectation. As soon as I arrived and when my eyes adjusted to the low light I could immediately see the distant glow on the horizon which could only be the elusive Aurora. Then as I was setting up my camera it started to form in front of me so I quickly adjusted my angle, took the shot and kept my fingers crossed. It was only there for about 30 seconds but Bingo I captured the moment. I stayed for another couple of hours getting many different perspectives.
Once home again I was too excited to sleep so as I had not noticed any other photographers I thought I could have some exclusive images. So I stayed up for another couple of hours processing and uploading to Facebook and Twitter feeds sending them to local media and Newspapers. The effort was well worthwhile as the next day my pictures featured three times on BBC Northwest News and one has been chosen for publication in The Wirral News. One is now the banner picture of Hoylake Village Life Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/hoylakevillagelife?fref=ts . Liverpool Echo publised it on Twitter and there was a fabulous feature by Wirral Weather whose pictures were all mine bar one. http://wirralweather.com/2015/10/08/pics-northern-lights-spotted-over-wirral-and-it-could-be-visible-for-the-next-few-weeks/