Finding a dark sky..

I must first apologise to all my blogging friends for being absent so long.  As I’ve been reminded by fellow bloggers, life happens and sometimes we just need to take a break.  I’ve just returned from an extended trip to Fuerteventura where to be honest, photography has taken a back seat and instead I’ve been simply taking care of myself.  Primary Progressive MS can be a difficult condition to manage and some recent events have taken their toll.  I’m lucky to be able to get away.

However, photography never takes an entirely back seat and whilst I was in Fuerteventura, I had this idea for a shot.  A traditional Canary Island windmill, taken at night, with the Milky Way lighting up the background.  Unfortunately, dark skies are really hard to find and mostly what I found, lighting up the sky, was the ubiquitous sodium lighting that the world seems to depend on so much.

Coming from one small island (the UK) where it’s impossible to find a dark sky to another even smaller island (Fuerteventura) where it is also impossible to find a dark sky, I’ve decided I really must travel to an area like the Arizona dessert or the wilds of Africa to truly appreciate the night sky.  Until that happens, my attempts to photograph the Milky Way are always going to be dominated by this horrible orange cast on some level so I’ll shelve this idea until I can travel somewhere that will let me truly appreciate the stars and get back to the business of taking photographs in daylight.

I’ll be working hard in the coming weeks to get back on top of my blogging.  In the meantime, here’s the best I could do with the image I had in my mind when I set out at 4 in the morning to a windmill that had sadly lost its sails in a storm.  I was present when the last sail was broken and tossed aside by a gale that was blowing sand and dust every which way and buffeting the car in a rather alarming manner.  It reminded me of Iceland albeit the wind was a good deal warmer.

14mm f2.8 15 sec. ISO 4000

103 responses

  1. Black Lightness

    Welcome back. This photo is great, stars on sky with cloud is something great to me. And this wind-mill gives something special to photo…

    March 6, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    • Thank you very much indeed! Always happy to hear from you. :-)

      March 7, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      • Black Lightness


        March 7, 2017 at 5:49 pm

  2. Despite the man-made light pollution, it’s still a wonderful image Adrian. Some of the remote Scottish Isles are pretty good for night time photography…..we’ve been to Orkney which can get vey dark in places and we are off to the Outer Hebrides this summer. Problem with summertime up there though is that you don’t get many hours of nighttime, so Autumn through to Spring would be best. It’s good to have you back blogging again. I hope the rest did you good. You take care mate.

    March 6, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    • Thank you very much Mark. I guess the Highlands and Islands would be a good place to look for some dark skies here in the UK. It always amazes me just how far reaching that orange glow can be. When I set up to take this photo, apart from a few lights on the horizon, it was indeed dark. Not so of course. The camera picks up the Milky Way nicely with a 15 second exposure at ISO 4000 but also the lights of a town some thirty miles away of course. It would be good to take a truly dark sky shot of the Milky Way but I’m not entirely disappointed with this one. Thank you once again for your comment Mark. Much appreciated as always. :-)

      March 7, 2017 at 12:31 pm

  3. A good one! Take care!

    March 6, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    • Thank you very much Bente! :-)

      March 7, 2017 at 12:49 pm

  4. That’s still an amazing picture, even with the street lights. Shame about the sails, as you say, but it adds character and will always remind you of the storm.

    March 6, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    • Thank you Mike. The missing sails and the light pollution, not really evident to the naked eye were a little disappointing but I too felt the missing sails added a little character. The storm was pretty intense.

      March 7, 2017 at 12:51 pm

  5. I like this photograph, with its lovely colour gradient in the sky, and the lights don’t detract from its beauty. In a way they compliment it, showing a kind of dynamic tension between modern life and untouched nature.

    I can see where you are coming from, though, we’re probably all much the same in that respect. When you have an image in your head then nothing short of it will really do.

    As for the light pollution there must be places around here (Scotland) where you could get a good shot without light interference. I can’t promise windmills though, unless you are happy with the modern three bladed type.

    March 6, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    • Thank you very much Sonja. I think you are right, a trip to Scotland would certainly be the best place for some dark skies here in the UK. There is a designated dark sky area on Exmoor in Devon but when taking long exposures at high ISO, you really do need to be a very long way away for the camera not to pick up that orange light from towns surrounding you and there are plenty surrounding Exmoor. In this photograph the light is coming from a town 30 odd miles away. But, being able to pick up stars light years away with these camera settings, it’s not a bad compromise. :-)

      March 7, 2017 at 12:37 pm

  6. Magnífica toma nocturna. Muy bonita.

    March 6, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    • ¡Muchas gracias de hecho Isabel! :-)

      March 7, 2017 at 12:38 pm

  7. Yes, life happens, doesn’t it? I’m glad you’re taking care of yourself…and the thought process, an important part of your art, never stops. When we were in Arizona this last time, we were in a good place for dark skies, and it was cloudy and overcast! Oh well. The windmill image has some gorgeous colors and gradations. Welcome back and take care!

    March 6, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    • Thank you very much Lynn. How often does that happen? You’re in the perfect location but conditions do not play ball. I hope you will get another chance. I hope all is going well!

      March 7, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      • As for overcast in Arizona, we were taking a chance by going in the winter; it’s probably not that uncommon. Where I live, we had the second wettest February on record and it’s just continued in March, plus it’s colder than normal. But hey, it’s the new normal of weather extremes, Trump, Brexit and Le Pen…and I’d rather deal with photographing in unpleasant weather than photographing Trump and the rest. ;-)

        March 11, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      • I couldn’t agree with you more Lynn!! :-)

        March 11, 2017 at 4:50 pm

  8. That shot has such magic! :) I hope you don’t overdo it and are feeling much better now.

    March 6, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    • Thank you Jo. I’m feeling much more rested and will be taking things a little easy for a bit. I appreciate your thoughts very much.

      March 7, 2017 at 4:03 pm

  9. Welcome back, and hope you’re feeling better. Lovely photo! As for dark skies, you do have Galloway Forest in the UK which is one of the designated dark sky areas – the trick is just being there on a clear night! Otherwise there are lots of places in Utah (home to more of the designated dark sky areas) that afford great photo opportunities. Those are the only ones I know about but you can find more at this link. I think it’s really cool they do this:

    March 6, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    • Thank you very much for your comment and this information. I think Scotland is just about the only place here in the UK despite there being other designated dark sky areas, when taking these kind of exposures, orange light travels a very long way and may not be, as in this case, visible to the naked eye. I appreciate the time you took to comment.

      March 7, 2017 at 4:05 pm

  10. Stunning, just perfect. I love it. Worth all the effort you put into this shot.

    March 6, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    • Thank you very much indeed Paula!

      March 7, 2017 at 4:05 pm

  11. Wish you all the best and magnificent picture off the mill

    March 6, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    • Thank you very much Lou! :-)

      March 7, 2017 at 4:06 pm

  12. Still a fabulous shot, even without the extra windmill sail and urban lighting in the background.

    March 6, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    • Thank you very much Vicki! :-)

      March 7, 2017 at 4:06 pm

  13. You inspire me. Glad to see you’re back. :)

    March 6, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    • Thank you so much Cynthia! :-)

      March 7, 2017 at 4:06 pm

  14. When you come back with a photo of this magnitude then we can wait as long as it takes. Wishing you well Adrian. Having lost a brother to MS I can almost appreciate what you are going through. xx

    March 6, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    • Thank you very much indeed Jude. I’m so sorry to hear about your brother. MS is an unforgiving disease but thankfully, my progression has been relatively slow and I’m still able to live a fairly active life with my wheelchair and a great deal of help from friends around me. Fatigue can be a really burden as you know and just taking time out to recharge my batteries a little has been invaluable. Thank you for your thoughts. :-) x

      March 7, 2017 at 12:55 pm

  15. This is still a beautiful picture, despite the orange glow, or maybe even because of it! For the best skies you need to come to Central Australia. On a moonless night the stars are indescribably beautiful. I can’t wait to get back out there!

    March 7, 2017 at 12:12 am

    • Hi Anna, Thank you for your comment, I think Central Australia would be just perfect, I can imagine the skies to be absolutely amazing. :-)

      March 7, 2017 at 3:53 pm

  16. That is a beautiful image despite the lights. And it is sad, as sodium vapor lamps are particularly deleterious to astronomical observations, their wave-length common to many astronomical objects of scientific importance. (Mercury vapor, the bluer lighting, is less so….but mostly giving way to widespread S.V. preference.) I live in the light polluted US North-East, but have had the pleasure to visit Utah and Arizona last year, and truly magnificent star-filled, pollution-free skies. Always love your posts. M ☺

    March 7, 2017 at 12:13 am

    • Thank you MV. Yes I can imagine the light pollution in the US North East to be similar here in the UK. Definitely not great for photographing the skies but I’m informed that the Highlands and Islands of Scotland are a pretty good bet here so perhaps that will be my first port of call when I get the chance.

      March 7, 2017 at 3:56 pm

  17. Broken is still beautiful :-) Don’t work yourself too hard Adrian!

    March 7, 2017 at 12:39 am

    • I think so too Sarah. Thank you. The complete rest has been very good for me. Sometimes as you know, we just have to throw our hands up. :-)

      March 7, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      • Except when we’re too exhausted to actually raise our arms ;-) Glad it’s done you some good but I know how frustrating it must have been! Hope you start benefiting from the longer daylight hours too :-)

        March 8, 2017 at 11:42 pm

      • Absolutely. Thank you Sarah. It’s done me the world of good and on a day like today, warmth in the sunshine, daffodils and buds on the trees, much more daylight when I left, it’s not so bad to be back home though I will miss that life giving sunshine.. At least until the next time :-)

        March 9, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      • And we had another of those glorious spring days today :-D Took the electric wheelchair up the woodland hill at Wisley today and it really was perfect. Birdsong, butterflies, magnolias and camellias! Did me the power of good too even if I am taking lots of antihistamines to be able to get out there ;-) Managed to photograph my first two native butterflies of the year. Days like today and last Thursday are pure joy! I can put up with a few naff days knowing that it will get beautiful, or stormy and interesting, again :-D

        March 16, 2017 at 12:46 am

      • That is really lovely to hear Sarah. Coming back from the sunshine in Fuerteventura was hard but missing February in the UK was just brilliant. However, we have had some great spring days since. You can feel the countryside coming alive and it feels good. I too am really looking forward to the days ahead. Like you say, we can deal with a few naff days for those special ones! :-)

        March 17, 2017 at 11:32 am

      • It really does feel good doesn’t it :-) I sometimes like to just stop where I am and listen to the birds around me singing away! Found a little sanctuary garden in London on Thursday after a naff hospital appointment and the light was too low for most of the birds but I just sat with the gardeners chucking seed out for them and delighting in it :-) Pigeons of course but also blackbirds, blue tits, goldfinch, robin and a pair of wrens! Unexpected and wonderful :-) I am going to try visiting all the little city gardens now in the square mile this year! It’s going to cost me a bit in taxi fares but I think they’re worth it and I loved meeting all the grounds keepers who are all so passionate and knowledgeable :-)

        March 19, 2017 at 12:26 am

      • Where I lived in Islington there were lots of little squares surrounded by very expensive town houses and the gardens were kept immaculately. These places are a haven for wildlife in the middle of the city and I too used to love to just go and sit and let the noise of the city fade away and instead tune into the nature all around me. As a country boy living in the big city, these were very important moments of escape! :-)

        March 20, 2017 at 9:58 am

      • Oh I love many of the squares and the parks in London! I’m not good with the chaotic busyness of the city so always try to find quiet places :-) Grew up out in the countryside too and I may be able to get to London in half an hour by train but I wouldn’t want to be any closer!!

        March 20, 2017 at 11:35 pm

      • :-)

        March 22, 2017 at 9:31 am

  18. I wonder how differently people would think if each night they could look up and see the multitude of visible stars (themselves a minuscule number relative to even our galaxy, let alone the Universe).

    As for being out in the desert, you have to be literally in the middle of nowhere before you can escape the orange glow. Where I lived, I would get a northern glow from a town 35 miles away, and a southern glow from a town 25 miles away. One thing that limited the encroachment of the light was the relatively dry, high-altitude (7,300 ft) winter air.

    Good luck in your quest.

    March 7, 2017 at 1:23 am

    • Thank you Emilio. The orange glow certainly travels. It wasn’t evident to the naked eye when I took this picture but with a 15 second exposure and an ISO of 4000 necessary to pick up the stars in the Milky Way, it was there. :-)

      March 7, 2017 at 3:59 pm

  19. Good to see you back and enjoying the photography. Above all else, look after yourself and stop to smell the roses every now and then.

    March 7, 2017 at 5:45 am

    • Thank you very much Mr Dragon. I appreciate your thoughts.

      March 7, 2017 at 3:59 pm

  20. super shot friend but you stole some stars surely indeed delight to watch the class shot be in touch

    March 7, 2017 at 7:05 am

    • Thank you very much!

      March 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm

  21. It’s still a gorgeous photo Adrian. If you want to photograph stars, come to Africa. Sutherland in the Northern Cape is a prime location. It’s cold all year round but the skies are incredibly clear and I shot some amazing startrails there which are on my blog. I’ve yet to master the Milky Way though. Alternatively visit Namibia or the Sahara like the Erg Chebbi dunes in Morocco. I was there in December and the skies were unbelievable – like someone tossed a tube of glitter across a piece of velvet.

    March 7, 2017 at 7:27 am

    • Thank you very much! Thankfully there are still places in the world where you can find dark skies and Africa would be a natural choice and one I would enjoy very much. Hopefully I’ll get to visit one day! :-)

      March 7, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      • Let me know if you do – I’ll be happy to offer some suggestions.

        March 8, 2017 at 9:11 am

      • Thank you very much. I’ll certainly let you know if and when I’m able to make the journey. It has been an ambition of mine for such a very long time having read Wilbur Smith avidly as a boy. A visit to your wonderful continent is long overdue.

        March 8, 2017 at 11:36 am

  22. May not be quite what you had in mind but it’s not a bad effort! :D
    Funnily enough I really like the combination of that sodium orange and purple/blue ….

    March 7, 2017 at 10:14 am

    • Thank you Noeline! :-D

      March 7, 2017 at 4:01 pm

  23. As someone pointed out in an earlier comment, the light pollution actually creates a nice gradient transition from the ground up to the stars. Nice work Adrian.

    March 7, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    • Thank you very much Jim. It wasn’t quite the photo I had in mind but I wasn’t entirely disappointed. :-)

      March 7, 2017 at 4:08 pm

  24. Do take care of yourself first and foremost! You were missed, but then I’ve gone somewhat missing because of more benevolent reasons (moving preparing to sell the current abode). The picture, though not what you had in mind, did come out beautifully. We camped out in the middle of the Mojave, but my skill set didn’t include night shots. Just staring at all those unimaginable gazillion stars out there was breathtaking though. Hope you get to give it a go someplace away from all the light pollution. Sometimes I wonder if the human race isn’t a parasite and the planet might be better off without us?

    March 7, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    • Thank you very much Gunta. I will do my best. Good to hear your moving and selling is going ahead at last. I think the middle of the Mojave is the sort of place I had in mind when thinking about a truly dark sky away from all the light pollution that travels miles. It must have been wonderful to look at all those starts.
      I always think of the human race more of a virus than a parasite. Parasites require their hosts to be living whereas a virus is intent on killing its host. I think that sums us up or at least, sums up the multi-nationals whose boards have no morality, just a commitment to do whatever is best for the shareholder at the expense of the planet that sustains them. It’s all very sad and very worrying, especially given the new incumbent in the White House. Green issues are not going to be particularly high on the agenda, especially given that guy from Exxon is now in a position of such power. Heaven help us!
      Thank you once again for your thoughts Gunta. I’m so glad that all is going so well for you. :-)

      March 8, 2017 at 8:31 am

  25. Nil

    Glad to have you back :-)
    Even if it wasn’t exactly what you had in mind, it is still a lovely photo…

    I had my most beautiful night skies in the south of France – no so far away… In the evening we would go into the hills to camp wild – no lights… just pure nature. A bit tricky at times, though… I really wouldn’t want to know what animals were sniffling around our tent in the dark when we finally went to bed… ;-)

    March 8, 2017 at 12:32 am

    • Thank you very much Nil. The kind of camping you describe is something I used to enjoy very much. You still have wild boars in France do you not? I wouldn’t want to meet one of those in the dark, sniffing round ones rations looking for an easy meal! :-)

      March 8, 2017 at 8:34 am

      • Nil

        I was indeed afraid it would be those magnificent animals… so anything edible was usually safely locked away in the car. They are not to be underestimated and a small tent is not exactly much of a protection… ;-)

        March 9, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      • Absolutely not. Sensible to keep the food locked away. I would probably have made the mistake of keeping it in the tent with the inevitable terrifying encounter that would most likely follow. A small tent certainly doesn’t afford much protection as you say! :-)

        March 9, 2017 at 5:20 pm

  26. Welcome back! I hope you’re feeling better!
    You don’t have to travel far from Fuerteventura to find dark skies. Actually, the western islands of the archipielago are great for astronomy! And they are also the less turistic islands of Canarias, with beautiful landscapes…. Just in case you want to plan another trip to the Fortunate Islands ;)

    March 8, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    • Hi Mercedes,
      Thank you very much Mercedes. I will indeed be planning another trip to the Fortunate Islands. What a very apt name that is. I have just been looking at the Western Islands of the archipelago that you mention and I can see I would very much like to visit them. I will have to do some careful planning. I think I said to you before how lovely it would be to hire a boat and sail between the islands. I think this is a little beyond my budget but one can dream. Perhaps one day. As ever, it has been a real pleasure to visit your part of the world. You are very lucky to live in such a beautiful place with such a wonderful climate although I think in July and August, I might struggle with the heat a little, even with the constant breeze. :-)

      March 9, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      • Glad you like my islands!! Unfortunatelly I don’t live there… I was living in Ireland until a few days ago, and now I live in Switzerland. I’d love to come back to the place where I come from! :)
        Don’t worry about the temperature… They are called Fortunate Islands for a reason: the weather there is like an eternal spring. It may be a bit crowded in July or August though… ;)
        I’m looking forward to seeing more of your photos! I have so much to learn from your work!

        March 9, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      • I love your islands and hope you get home at some point. Switzerland is very beautiful though. I’ve enjoyed visiting on a number of occasions. Which island were you born on? :-)

        March 10, 2017 at 3:15 pm

  27. So good to have you back, dear Adrian! Love this capture and the fact that you are blogging again. Take good care of yourself.
    Sending you love and big hug from Norfolk. xox

    March 8, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    • Hello Dina, thank you so much for you comment. It’s good to be back. The rest has done me a lot of good and I’m feeling better able to tackle a few things that need to be tackled. A big hug returned. Looking forward to seeing you soon. :-) x

      March 9, 2017 at 5:11 pm

  28. lindywhitton

    Wonderful shot – but then I’ve never seen a shot of yours I didn’t love. Glad the recharge did you good. MS is such a difficult but different journey for each person. I hope your journey leaves you with many more years of being able to do the things you enjoy.

    March 9, 2017 at 10:09 am

    • Thank you so much Lindy. As you say MS is different for each person. Although I have the primary progressive form, thankfully the progression has slowed the last couple of years and I’m able to deal with the disability and the daily difficulties. It hasn’t stopped me so far from traveling and getting on with my photography. As long as I can press a shutter, I will continue to do what I do. I’m so glad you enjoy my work. Thank you once again for your kind thoughts. :-)

      March 9, 2017 at 5:18 pm

  29. I share your frustration at trying to find dark skies anywhere these days, but this photograph is stunningly beautiful anyway! I’m sorry to hear that your health issues have been having such an impact and hope you’re feeling better at the moment. [PS – Your reply to Gunta about humans being a virus rather than a parasite brings tears to my eyes. I’m struggling daily with despair at what is happening in this country now (USA) and wonder if anything will be left to salvage by the time this administration is finished.]

    March 9, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    • Thank you Lee. I’m feeling a lot better after my break thank you. It’s worrying what’s happening just now to be sure. We just have to hope that sense prevails and the checks and balances built into our democracies work as they should. I’m glad you enjoyed the photograph. It was fun taking it even though it wasn’t quite the photograph I had in mind when I set out. :-)

      March 10, 2017 at 3:13 pm

  30. I actually like the subtle way the Milky Way is present in this photo. And of course the colours are gorgeous as is the nightly mood you have captured in this image. It’s good to have you back, Adrian, and I hope you have recuperated during the stay in Fuenteventura.

    March 9, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    • Thank you Otto! I’m doing a lot better thank you. I needed a break and the sunshine was just what I needed. It’s good to be back! :-)

      March 10, 2017 at 3:11 pm

  31. Yvonne Theze

    Hi, lost in my dozens of emails. A lovely photo as always.

    Hope being back in a colder clime is not having adverse effects. love ❤️ mum xxxx

    Sent from my iPad


    March 9, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    • Thank you Mum! The sun has been shining at least and the weather has been quite spring-like so not as much of a shock as it might have been! :-) x

      March 10, 2017 at 3:10 pm

  32. Great to see you again, Adrian, Glad you decided to give yourself some ‘me time’. We all need a break occasionally, although starting out at 4am wouldn’t be my idea of pampering myself. Wow, this photo is really amazing, and I’m sure you felt it was worth the effort. :)

    March 10, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    • Thank you Sylvia. I was in the Canary Islands for the whole of February so one early start didn’t seem like too much of a hardship. Yes lots of me time and beach time. Finding oneself on a deserted beach as the sun is starting to warm things up nicely has been my idea of heaven and something I enjoyed on many mornings. Sotovento beach goes on for miles and most people don’t turn up at the beach until 11 or so. A couple of hours or more, completely alone, just walking in the surf, picking up shells and relishing the fact that I didn’t hear the word Brexit for a whole month has been so good. Good to be back to blogging though. The apartment I was staying in did not have Internet which was a blessing but one that took a little getting used to but it was a really good break. The photograph wasn’t quite what I was after as the light pollution in the picture wasn’t visible to the naked eye and all seemed dark but the result isn’t too bad. The Milky Way is there for sure. :-)

      March 10, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      • Sounds marvellous. I wouldn’t mind a few Trumpless days. 😅

        March 10, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      • I can imagine Sylvia. Both sides of the Atlantic we have particular challenges right now. :-/

        March 10, 2017 at 5:17 pm

  33. I’m late! Good to see you back, Adrian, and this is a great image despite some intrusive lights in the lower left quarter.

    March 10, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    • Thanks Andy! When I carried out a recce at this site with this photograph in mind, I saw very little evidence that light was going to be a problem. The problem was really the Milky Way being in the wrong place. :-D If I’d been able to shoot in the opposite direction towards the sea, I’d have had a better picture. I should have checked my photographer’s ephemeris. I had expected the Milky Way to be arching over head as has always been my experience but that’s in the summer apparently. This time of year the Milky Way is horizontal so not for the first time, nature did not play ball.

      March 11, 2017 at 10:50 am

  34. I’ve seen pure night skies three times in my life, each more astounding than I would have believed. First in the middle of nowhere during a meteor shower in backwoods Texas, second in the Australian outback, and third in the middle of the woods in South Africa. Although the most recent of the 3 was 10 years ago I will never forget my amazement on each of those nights. Keep looking Adrian, the quest is worth it!! I personally decided to forget photography and inhale the wonder in its purest form. Loved your capture, light notwithstanding! Glad your’e feeling better – stay well.

    March 10, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    • Thank you very much for your thoughts Tina. I haven’t as yet experienced a truly dark sky and I can imagine just how magnificent it would be to see all the stars up there, not just the brightest that are able to overcome the ubiquitous light pollution most of us have to put up with. :-/

      March 11, 2017 at 10:51 am

  35. Light pollution haunts us all in night photography. Still, your image is very appealing. I have heard that enhancing filters can help, but I cannot personally confirm. Also, ETTR and then back off in post may be beneficial. Still, we all struggle with this issue but when successful, well worth the late nights.

    March 12, 2017 at 4:06 am

    • Thank you very much Craig!

      March 12, 2017 at 10:13 am

  36. You are very talented ,a pleasure to be here ,Bless

    March 13, 2017 at 11:30 am

    • Thank you very much for visiting! :-)

      March 13, 2017 at 1:03 pm

  37. Nice to see you back Adrian!
    Despite the futile hunt for a totally dark sky I think you were able to get a great photo! I love star photography and have started experimenting a bit myself after I got a new 50mm lens – and it wasn’t until I started searching for dark sky that I realised how hard it is to find!
    Take care!

    March 19, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    • Thank you very much Inger. Photographing the night sky is fascinating but as you say, it’s becoming every harder to find truly dark skies but you can still get some very interesting images without them. Good luck with your experimenting! :-)

      March 20, 2017 at 10:00 am

  38. Gorgeous :)

    March 21, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    • Thank you Joshi! :-)

      March 22, 2017 at 9:31 am

  39. Oh WOW Adrian. This is simply beautiful. Your photography is incredible but PLEASE…take care of yourself.

    March 22, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    • Thank you very much Edith and thank you for your thoughts. I’m doing my best to take good care of myself and I’ve got some fantastic support. :-)

      March 23, 2017 at 1:15 pm

  40. HI Adrian, This night sky is magical and your composition is fabulous with the windmill. Glad you are back and I hope you’re feeling much better.

    March 27, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    • Thank you Jane. The break did me a great deal of good as did the sunshine. Living where you are you’re not quite so starved of sunshine as we are here in the UK. It was good to escape February in the UK for a much sunnier and warmer Fuerteventura. The sun has such a positive effect on us all. :-)

      March 31, 2017 at 2:50 pm

  41. Calming and spectacular image :)

    June 21, 2017 at 11:26 am

    • Thank you again! :-)

      July 18, 2017 at 2:48 pm

  42. As alway, a remarkable image. Please do take care.

    June 27, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    • I am Elena, thank you. :-)

      July 18, 2017 at 2:56 pm