McEwan Hall, Edinburgh. Doors Open, September 2017.

In September I went to the McEwan Hall, part of Edinburgh University: it is used for ceremonies and guest lectures. I have been inside many times, but never with a camera: it was interesting to photograph it.

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The People’s March for Europe. London, September 2017.

I went on the People’s March for Europe, an anti-Brexit demonstration in London in September. I took many pictures of the banners and flags, but there had been a great many blogs posts by others of the demonstration before I could get mine up, and I didn’t get around to posting my pictures.

Here are a few of my favourites, however.

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The Aurora Borealis (“Northern Lights”) from central Edinburgh. Early morning, 8 September 2017.

Looking out of the window as I was going to bed I noticed a green cloud and realised it was the aurora – there had been a lot of online talk of the possiblilty of a good aurora. It was the brightest aurora I have seen, despite the city lights. It was very active – I could see it move clearly, which I haven’t before. Lots of colours and lines. It was a classic auroral display like those in films from Iceland or Norway – but from the city.

These pictures were taken over the course of about an hour, 1am-2am BST. The brightest stars visible to the left of each photo are the Plough. The red lights visible on the horizon are the Craigkelly transmitter in Fife; the brightly lit building to the right of each picture is Chancelot Mill.

Fuji XE1. ISO 1200-6400, various exposures.

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