It is easy to harbour a fear of the dark. We live connected to light throughout our life, and find it difficult to head out into the night away from our suburban backyard and stand under the stars.
The unfamiliar, the strangeness.
But Fear is the factor to overcome if you want the reward of capturing the milky way arching across the landscape, seeing meteors flashing through the atmosphere, and tracking satelltes across the constellations.
Whenever I’ve made that decision to get up well before dawn … abandon the car to its fate, walk along lonely dark pathways and across cold wet fields to places like this place, it’s been a challenge. The abandoned Dundullimal Railway bridge above groans, bats wheel through the air – the frozen grass chills your feet.
But the reward is priceless.
Inspired by WordPress Photo Challenge … Creepy
“What do you fear, lady?” Aragorn asked.
“A cage,” Éowyn said. “To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King