Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Moon Venus Conjunction - 2017 Jan 2nd

Moon, Venus and Mars over Polestar roundabout in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Moon and Venus over the silhouette of a tree

Moon and Venus over the silhouette of a tree in the evening sky

Moon and Venus on the previous day (Jan 1st 2017) when the moon lit side of Moon was pointing away from Venus

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year 2017 - A foggy and frosty winter morning view of Letterkenny

On a foggy and frosty winter morning (2016 November 24th) the sunrise was so pleasant, the sun rose up on top of the distant mountains that peaked out of the fog layer which covered up the low lying areas of Letterkenny 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wonderful Twilight Sky - Dawn of 2016 December 20

The dawn of 2016 December 20 - a day before the winter solstice of the year - turned out to be astoundingly beautiful. The Lenticular clouds along with other type of clouds which I am not expert to classify was astounding, around 7:30 am, the faint dark cloud designs in the sky hinted me that it is going to be wonderful if it stays till sunrise which was about to happen at 8:54 am local time in Letterkenny. In the next 90 minutes, the sky literally turned out to be a wonderful canvas ever changing its color from dark grey clouds to wonderful red/yellow/pink and blue designs. I was so happy that I could capture most of it from a couple my favorite sunrise locations. Here are a few of them, the panoramas are stitched from around 10 to 20 images.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Final Supermoon in 2016 and Cathedral of St. Eunan and St Columba

Third and Final Supermoon in 2016 and Cathedral of St. Eunan and St Columba
Final Supermoon of the sequel appeared on 14th December 2016, the previous full moon was the biggest of the three.  Luckily the sky cleared up by 5:00 pm in the evening after continuous dark and cloudy spells for the last four or five days.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Portsalon Beach

World-renowned Portsalon Beach which was deemed to be the second most beautiful beach in the world
Portsalon beach situated in the North-North-West of Ireland (Donegal) in 'Lough Swilly - a glacial fjord or sea inlet' is deemed as the best beach in Ireland

Friday, November 25, 2016

Aurora Borealis from Horn Head on 24th November

Aurora selfie
The  aurora weather forecast was Kp Level of 4.0 around midnight, I started to drive from Letterkenny to my favorite and nearest Aurora view location - Horn Head Peninsula around 8:30 pm . My friend Balu joined me, and we reached there shortly after 9:00 pm, the pale green band near the horizon was visible to the naked eye, but long exposure pics exposed the Aurora very well. The night sky was very clear, but the temperature dropped below freezing. On the way back to Letterkenny the car dashboard logged -6 degree between Kilmacrenan and letterkennny, and the trees and roads on each sides turned white as frost accumulated on them.

Aurora view from the small shelter on top of the Horn Head Peninsula

A star trail picture created from 61 images captured over 30 minutes

This is the brightest image that I could capture on the night when Kp level prediction stayed at Kp 4.0

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Milkyway Over Horn Head Peninsula

Milkyway over Horn Head Peninsula
A quest for Aurora Borealis on 23rd November 2016 ended up in a Milkyway capture from the Horn Head Peninsula since the predicted Kp level of 5 didn't occur.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sunset Lit Snow Mountains view from Letterkenny

Sunset Lit Snow Mountains view from Letterkenny on 21st November 2016
The snow covered mountains turned out beautiful when the peak got lit by sun around 4 in the evening on 21st November 2016. I could view it from my office and regretted that I couldn't capture it, I gave a call to my wife at home and asked her to look out towards South East to see it, she clicked a few frames and got these beautiful snaps.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Mount Errigal Peak Covered in Snow

Mount Errigal -  The tallest peak of the Derryveagh Mountains, the tallest peak in County Donegal, and the 76th tallest peak in Ireland
Mount Errigal looks so different when it snows. The above picture was taken on 19th November 2016, a couple of days before a very light snow fall/flurries happened in Letterkenny and the accumulation disappeared within no time, but the Derryveagh mountain peaks remained white for the next few days. Even though I climbed it three times in this summer, it looks scary when the peak is snow covered.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Derryveagh Mountains

Derryveagh Mountains - a pic taken on 2016 November 19
Derryveagh Mountain range is the area of Ireland with the lowest population density. Mount Errigal and Muckish are part of this mountain range.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Letterkenny at Night

The evening of the day of super moon rise turned out to be cloudy in Letterkenny, so I captured the panoramic night view of the town and the a diffuse low hanging clouds.