STUNNING NORTHERN LIGHTS ILLUMINATE SCOTTISH SKIES

By Jamie Smith,


Some people spend lots of time and money chasing their dream to see the Northern Lights but one lucky photographer has captured the incredible natural phenomenon from his doorstep right here in the UK.

The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, are caused by collisions between electrically charged particles released from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere and collide with gases such as oxygen and nitrogen.

The lights are seen around the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres and create a dazzling display for stargazers.

Pic by Darren Skinner

Lucky Darren Skinner from Inverness, captured these fantastic shots on Tuesday (November 7) between 7 pm and midnight.

The 32-year-old photographed the fantastic light show at the historic Culloden Battlefield and the iconic Kessock Bridge.

Pic by Darren Skinner

He said: “Since I was a young child I have been in love with the Aurora and have been chasing it for years.

“We are lucky enough to see it a fair amount during the winter months.

Pic by Darren Skinner

“I love the Culloden Battlefield for its history and to have something so bright and beautiful showing it just made it the perfect location.

“The bright red and pink only lasted a matter minutes off but I was there waiting and hoping for it to show.

“I have a lot of people message asking when and where they can see the aurora but I feel a lot of the time people don’t actually realise it’s there.

“Sometimes it can be hard to see and other times you really can’t miss it.

“Watching it let alone photographing it is something I never get bored of, it’s almost an addiction.”