On a chilly winter’s night, the Milky Way paints a stunning arch across the sky above Sycamore Gap and Hadrian’s Wall. If you cast your eyes upwards, you’ll spot some familiar celestial friends like Cassiopeia, Andromeda, and Perseus, all twinkling like old acquaintances. And don’t forget the Double Cluster, a celestial duo formed by NGC 869 and NGC 884, visible within Perseus, sitting a whopping 7,500 light years away from us.
Now, shift your gaze to the left of that trusty tree, and you’ll catch a glimpse of our cosmic neighbor, Andromeda. It’s the most distant object you can see with just your naked eyes in our night sky, and it resides an astonishing 2.537 million light years away, home to an incredible trillion stars.
Speaking of that tree, it proudly stands atop Hadrian’s Wall, the ancient Roman barrier that winds its way across the northern reaches of England, from North Cumbria to the eastern coast. This Sycamore tree has earned its place as one of the most beloved and recognizable trees in the UK. It’s not just a tree; it’s a place to visit, a spot to soak in the beauty of the cosmos, and a chance to appreciate the wonders of the universe.
A tree I have just learned that has been cut down and this iconic view and future memories destroyed. I am devastated but pledge from now on each photograph I sell I will be planting trees from each purchase. Something good to havce come out of the tragic end to this tree and also to help counteract Ash dieback here in the northern Lake District