The Northern Lights, as seen from the Shetland Islands

Boing Boing reader Keane Beamish shot this wonderful photograph of the Aurora Borealis in Unst, in the Shetland Islands to the north of Scotland. There are more northern lights photos, and wonderful landscape shots, in his photo set, here. Shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

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  1. Wow. You do kind of get the feeling of being closer to the sky, walking around in the Highlands but it looks way more like that up in Shetland.

  2. In my twenties I came out of a pub in Ullapool (NW Scotland, but not as far north as the Shetlands) after a night of drinking and thought WWIII had started over the horizon with a nuclear exchange. It turned out to be the Northern Lights. I was at first horrified, then delighted, then entranced. Then I threw up. Good times…

  3. Thanks Xeni!

    Miasm is right. One of the reasons I love Shetland is that I always experience a humbling sense of perspective when I’m up there, being dwarfed by the sky and earth. Seeing such strong Aurora takes this to a whole other level. It’s hard to put into

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