Darkness and the Merry Dancers
In North Ronaldsay sheep have evolved to exist on a diet of seaweed; proof positive of Darwin’s theory of evolution within our lifetimes, that species evolve to adapt to their changing environment.
One particular facet of Homo Sapiens activity in Orkney becomes dormant and hibernates during the summer months, only to spring into life during the long winter nights, awakened by the call of blackened darkness. Like a clandestine collective of spies they research their targets during daylight hours. They plan and conspire by sending messages to each other on secret social media network channels.
They don’t go to bed early.
They pack tripods, cameras, communication devices, don dark coats, woolly hats and then, leaving their loved ones behind, sneak out quietly into the shadows. They shun light sources like zombies and develop cat’s eyes but with a capacity to detect feint hints of colours and patterns in the sky that others cannot see. They choose shadow-cast places away from the wind, erect tripods and catch images of flaming messages painted on dark sky horizons by extra-terrestrial entities.
The social media network connections provide a fertile hotbed of knowledge sharing. These people don’t indulge in ‘pre-loading’ as these night-clubbers need a steady hand.
Other mortals from far way places are attracted to journey to Orkney and join forces. They are attracted by pristine atmosphere free from industrial particulate and pollutants. Without large cities, motorways and other sources of light pollution.
After a night of Merry Dancers, these intrepid folk rave about their trophies.
© Author: Patrick Yamaga-White All Rights Reserved
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