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“Milky Way & Perseid Meteor Shower 2018” – The Dark Hedges

Ballymoney, County Antrim, Northern Ireland


The annual Perseid Meteor Shower or Perseids happens once per year, although once you have witnessed it the memory will stay forever. Each year I find myself planning new exciting locations to potentially capture these shooting stars streaking over.


On Friday night our weather conditions were almost perfect with no moon, wind or clouds. I knew exactly where to go! The Dark Hedges are a world-famous tourist attraction. For years I have wanted to capture something different at them & the Milky Way was my main goal. Knowing the Perseid Meteor Shower had started that night I set out in hope to capture both natural displays over these trees. It was such a memorable moment to see all these shooting stars with the naked eye every few moments streaking across the Milky Way & over the Dark Hedges.


I am pleased to have made the effort that night as it has been heavily clouded over & raining ever since! Weather conditions are set to worsen so it may have been the only few hours possible for me to capture the 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower over Ireland. It’s lucky moments like this that I’m grateful for amongst many other failed photography trips throughout the year 🙏


This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their home Gracehill House. Two centuries later, these trees remain a magnificent sight and have become known worldwide as the "Dark Hedges"


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Taken on August 11, 2018