More from the Yamnuska Aurora

Aurora Borealis over Yamnuska - © Christopher Martin-7995

On December 20th, the Aurora Borealis were very active above the Ghost Lake area.  I spent a bit of time photographing a prairie church with the Northern Lights before I went to Mount Yamnuska.  The colors visible against the night sky varied between green, purple and blue as the charged particles slamming into the Earth’s upper atmosphere interacted with different atoms.

Aurora over Yamnuska - © Christopher Martin-7561

Aurora over Yamnuska - © Christopher Martin-7774

Aurora over Yamnuska - © Christopher Martin-7881

Aurora over Yamnuska - © Christopher Martin-7868

After a couple of hours, it was close to 6am and I was pretty worn out.  One of my last images, below, I was facing northeast and caught the aurora along with the city glow from Cochrane and the earliest hint of dawn.  I went home and played catch up with sleep.

Aurora over Yamnuska - © Christopher Martin-8051


18 responses

  1. Lucky you. Maybe one day I’ll see northern lights. I’m here in Calgary after living a few years in Vancouver and before several decades in Ontario.

    March 1, 2016 at 8:29 am

    • I hope you do Jean! You can sign up for alerts – the red alerts are pretty accurate – at

      March 1, 2016 at 10:18 am

  2. Absolutely love this photograph!

    January 22, 2016 at 4:20 am

  3. oriolderra

    In love!

    January 21, 2016 at 2:32 pm

  4. These are truly beautiful photographs

    January 16, 2016 at 12:21 pm

  5. Karmughil Vannan

    Magnificent pics and Incredible Colors! 🙂

    January 16, 2016 at 8:43 am

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  8. ❤ the photographs

    December 30, 2015 at 12:25 pm

  9. I saw them here in Edmonton so knew they would be good.-these are magnificent displays.

    December 28, 2015 at 10:25 pm

  10. Great work

    December 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm

  11. J’adore vos photos, elles sont magnifiques !
    Bonne semaine.


    December 28, 2015 at 8:02 am

  12. Great pics. Totally amazing…(Suzanne)

    December 28, 2015 at 7:33 am

  13. Awesome!

    December 28, 2015 at 7:27 am

  14. Amazing, Fantastic!

    December 28, 2015 at 5:45 am

  15. Absolutely stunning.

    December 28, 2015 at 5:03 am

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