Glastonbury Tor

After the carpets of wood anemone stars of the woodland floor, today I looked up to the stars above Glastonbury Tor.

Glastonbury Tor at Night - Somerset, UK. ID 810_5828

Glastonbury Tor at Night – Somerset, UK. ID 810_5828

The Perfect Night

I go work at 6am in the morning and for me staying up late is a rare event.  But after what felt like weeks of cloudy evenings today the night sky was going to be perfect.

I climbed the tor to photograph the International Space Station passing overhead for a photography competition at work.  I never enter competitions, this was a first for me.  I never photograph the night sky, a second first for me.

Glastonbury Tor at Night - Somerset, UK. ID 810_5831

Glastonbury Tor at Night – Somerset, UK. ID 810_5831

The moon was nearly full and high in the top-left sky.  It was perfect for illuminating the face of the tower, covering it with the moon shadows of the stone work.  The sun had long set so the orange glow in not the sunset.  Its the street lights of Glastonbury shining up into the dusty air trapped near the ground by the hot weather.

A few people, also sharing the view, created shadowy figures as they moved around during the long 30 second exposures needed to get enough light into the camera.

No ISS in these images, I need to save that for work.

 

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