Aurora Borealis

Northern Ireland is not the best place in the world to see the Northern Lights. That would be Norway, or Iceland, or Alaska perhaps. But under favourable conditions we can get good displays here, particularly around the time of Solar Maximum. Sadly Solar Cycle 24 has been and gone so there’s not much activity, but… Continue reading Aurora Borealis

Air Shows

Northern Ireland has two regular air shows. One in Portrush and one in Newcastle, Co Down. This is a selection of shots taken at both venues over the last few years.

Noctilucent Clouds

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Noctilucent Clouds are very well observed from Northern Ireland during the season from the end of May to the beginning of August. Unlike the Aurora, going further north is not necessarily beneficial as the sky becomes lighter and contrast is lost. These pictures have been taken since I first saw these magnificent clouds back in… Continue reading Noctilucent Clouds

Atmospherics

Cloud formations, Lightning, Contrails, Halos, Rainbows. All are atmospheric phenomena that can be seen almost everyday and which can make pleasing photographs too. The place to go to identify all of these is Les Cowley’s excellent website Atmospheric Optics.

Marble Arch Caves

Situated in County Fermanagh, these caves are an absolute must see if you’re in the area. Carved out of limestone by three rivers this is the most magnificent cave system on the island of Ireland. More information about the Visitors Centre here….. And on Wikipedia here….. Google Maps here…..

Antrim Coast Road

Built in the 1820s using a lot of dynamite The Antrim Coast Road opened up the towns and villages along its 26 mile length which had previously been mostly accessible from the sea. It is a beautiful scenic drive with many attractions a short way off the road. The Antrim Coast Road forms part of… Continue reading Antrim Coast Road

Beaghmore Stone Circles

Here’s an interesting place! Beaghmore Stone Circles are up in the Sperrins above Cookstown. A collection of Circles, Cairns and possible Alignments that must have been pretty significant in prehistoric times, though now we can only make educated guesses as to their purposes. A fascinating place indeed! Wikipedia article here… Google Maps here……

The Painted Ladies Of Carnlough

This was just a simple afternoon walk up to Cranny Falls from Carnlough, only I happened upon this one bush which was inundated with dozens of Painted Ladies who were happy to keep on posing for me as I snapped away!

Space Talks

I’ve done many talks, usually on astronomical subjects over the last 12 or so years. I’ve filmed a few and since the Covid lockdowns this has evolved into a regular series of Sky Guides. IAA Season Introduction, 20th September 2017 “Beginners’ Astrophotography”, Irish Astronomical Association, 16th November 2016 “Getting Started in Astrophotography” – Larne Camera… Continue reading Space Talks

Carnfunnock’s Butterflies

2019 has, for some reason, been a fantastic year for butterflies in Northern Ireland. They have appeared in large numbers in the most unexpected places, and surprisingly they’re still here at the end of September!

Tollymore Forest Park

Nestling in the shadows of the Mountains of Mourne, Tollymore is a true paradise with waterfalls on the fast-flowing Shimna River and many pathways to follow through the forest. Always at its best in Autumn, this collection consists of two walks through the forest in November 2019 and October 2020

Red Arrows Belfast Flypast

This was a very quick flypast of Belfast at 13:58 on Saturday 15th August as part of the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day. Belfast was privileged to be the only UK capital to get the flypast as London, Edinburgh and Cardiff all had bad weather! This was also the first flypast of Belfast since the… Continue reading Red Arrows Belfast Flypast