THE NORTHERN Lights made a rare appearance in West Kerry last week as the Aurora Borealis was visible from Killshannig Point in the Maharees between 1am and 4am.
Castlegregory-based photographer Tim Smith captured the amazing images on camera revealing a sight normally reserved for Arctic skies.
"It was one of the most amazing nights I have witnessed in quite some time," Tim said. "To see the display from the Aurora Borealis so far south was some treat."
Tim, who has a keen interest in astronomy, had done his home-work prior to the event on Tuesday April 24. "It got to 1am and I looked up at the sky to see amazing clear skies with bright stars," he said, "with the moon being only a crescent, conditions were perfect to see the stars and the lights."
"Rushing to get my gear together I headed out to location. As I walked over the hill I could see light rays beaming out over the horizon. I knew that I could be in for a special show and as far as I knew I had it all to myself."
Setting up for a long exposure, Tim was able to capture the glow along with some light rays from the lights. It wasn't long however before the clouds came over and covered the spectacle. Luckily, Tim had captured some of the most stunning images ever seen in the night sky over the Dingle Peninsula.
Originally from London, Tim Smith is a landscape and action photographer who has lived on the Dingle Peninsula since 2000; more of his work can be viewed online at Timsmithvisuals.com.