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Tommy & The Aurora, Seaham Harbour

Updated: Aug 22, 2022

On Friday 17th September, 2021 I was sat at home, watching Newcastle Utd versus Leeds United, on Sky TV.

As a Sunderland fan, it was fairly obvious who I wanted to win the game, but the match was drawn and I was beginning to give in to an early nights sleep. It would have been around 9.50pm by this time, which is when my phone started making a familiar sound. It was an aurora alert, via one of those semi-reliable apps that you download onto your phone. It caught my attention and perked me up somewhat. I then checked a couple of facebook related pages and yes...it seemed that the green lady had come out to play. With nothing to lose, I grabbed my camera bag and headed out, hoping to see the aurora for the first time this season. I couldn't be arsed to travel very far, so I headed over to Seaham Harbour in County Durham - a 15 minute drive from where I live.

No sooner had I arrived and I could see a faint glow in the sky, to the north. It was dancing and I couldn't believe my luck. I had the place to myself and it was a rarity to see no cars parked behind the Tommy statue. It wouldn't have mattered if there was cars, to be honest, as I was more than happy to be in one of my favourite spots, with the Northern Lights lurking in the background. It wasn't an epic display by any stretch, but what the hell. I've photographed Tommy on countless occasions, in all weathers and with so many different backdrops, like sunrise, rainbows, nacreous clouds, noctilucent clouds, etc. This time however, it was on another level and I'm fairly sure it hasn't been done before.


TOMMY & THE NORTHERN LIGHTS !!!


Until next time, stay safe!

Ash


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