Darkness

“Darker than a black steer’s tukhus on a moonless prarie night”
– The Stranger, The Big Lebowski

Despite it’s size, Scotland is spoiled for areas of great beauty. Also, in the more remote parts, Scotland is also blessed with areas of great darkness.

One of only a handful of places on the planet that has been declared a Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association is right here in Scotland: Galloway Forest Park which is where I’m heading to for a few days with Juliet by way of a surprise trip.

The Perseid meteor shower is due to peak over the next couple of nights and, unlike last year, the New Moon on August 10th makes for perfect conditions – I just hope that the clouds stay away.

A meteor shower is undoubtedly a dramatic occurrence but light pollution in towns and cities robs us of beautiful views every single night. Not only does night lighting confuse animals and wastes vast amounts of energy (and therefore money), it’s also being linked to various health problems.

We are under constant bombardment from messages telling us to save energy by the mantra of “reduce, reuse and recycle” but how often do you think of the non-tangible things like light?

Milky Way Galaxy appears over Ontario
Credit & Copyright: Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn (Weather and Sky Photography)
Image used with kind permission.

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