Lake District Among the Best Places to See the Northern Lights

Those with an affinity for sky watching would more often than not consider Iceland as the place to be when it comes to watching a display of the Northern Lights. But photographer Owen Humphries has captured a series of photos in our very own Lake District that suggest a magical view of Aurora Borealis lies closer to home than most Brits might think. The award-winning photographer, who spent 20 years working for the Press Association, has captured the natural phenomenon from a number of landmarks across the North of the United Kingdom, driving thousands of miles within a three year period to find the perfect image in he refers to as 'bordering on a small obsession.' Looking back at his first night watching the Northern skies in 2014, Mr Humphreys explained: "I became very interested in the Northern Lights and wanted to show people, in pictures, what was going on sometimes in the skies at night when most folk are asleep, and show that you could actually capture the Northern Lights without travelling to the far North such as Iceland... So far I have been lucky enough to see some amazing displays and capture them in pictures." Mr Humphreys added that the wait of up to seven hours at a time to capture the perfect image is part of the thrill, and that perseverance pays off. He said: "I think the not knowing how strong or what you're going to see makes it addictive. You can plan where you are going to a certain degree, but you can't plan the weather or power of the aurora." "The not knowing is the catch." Lake District beauty spots, Derwentwater and Ullswater, were identified by Mr Humphreys as among his favourite spots in the North of the country, along with St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay. And My Humphreys also had some advice for budding stargazers: "Don't think for one minute you can just turn up and see them or you will be very disappointed. The best advice I can give is get out and give it a go and stay safe as some of these locations are coastal and fairly remote." The image shown above is not one of Mr Humphrey's photos (it's from Wikipedia as it happens), but you can see some of Owen's fantastic work over at http://blogs.ft.com/photo-diary/tag/aurora-borealis/ or follow him on Twitter via https://twitter.com/owenhumphreys1