A second night with the Aurora Borealis

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Only three days after I was able to watch a great showing by the Northern Lights, they came out to dance over the foothills again.  The clouds were heavier this time around and grew steadily through the night while I was out.  That set up for some backlighting by the aurora that looked really beautiful.  This time around, I started at the same small pond as before but then drive to a couple of different spots along Highway 1 before ending my night at the small lake beside the Sibbald Creek Trail (Highway 68) where it meets Township Road 252.

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At first I was trying to get away from the cloud bank as it coalesced and then moved southwards and increasingly obscured my view of the night sky.  Soon I became a little hypnotized by the glow around and through the clouds so I settled down and enjoyed the moment.

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After 2am, the clouds broke up and seemed to return back to the north.  I was too tired to see how far they retreated and made my way home just before 3.

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25 responses

  1. Wonderful pictures!!!

    January 17, 2017 at 6:18 pm

  2. Very beautiful.

    November 22, 2016 at 11:14 am

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    Love this. Very relaxing!

    October 27, 2016 at 12:24 pm

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  5. Surreal! Just watched 2001: A Space Odyssey and photos remind me it. Thanks for sharing.

    October 17, 2016 at 12:58 am

  6. I really like pictures 4 & 5

    October 16, 2016 at 2:33 am

  7. I’m really enjoying your photos… thanks for going out in the wee hours to capture the Northern Lights in all their splendour and then sharing them with city dwellers (all snug in their beds at the time) like me! I love the way you pick spots with water/ice to maximize their reflection and the whole WOW-factor.

    Do you sign up for the aurora watch notifications from the U of A (http://www.aurorawatch.ca)? It’s an email alert service for the Edmonton area that let’s you know if there’s a good chance of seeing the northern lights (at least, in the Edmonton area… though that is a bit farther north than you are, but it might help you be even more successful at capturing them). Often the notifications come in quite late, but it still might be helpful for you.

    October 15, 2016 at 9:11 am

    • Thank you – I’m glad you are enjoying the photographs. I do use the aurorawatch.ca yellow and red alerts. When it’s red, I try to get out as we usually get visible Northern Lights even though we are a couple of degrees south.

      Cheers,

      Chris

      October 16, 2016 at 11:28 am

      • Terrific! I thought I’d mention it, just in case. It seems that when I see them BEFORE i go to bed, it’s usually cloudy out. The nights they come into my inbox and it’s not, they come in at 2 or 3am and im already asleep. So frustrating. Ah well, one day the universe will align! Ha ha. In the meantime, I’ll keep enjoying your amazing photos.

        October 28, 2016 at 7:46 am

  8. I would walk into the last frame

    October 14, 2016 at 5:36 pm

  9. I have no words. 😍

    October 14, 2016 at 10:25 am

  10. These pictures are stunning! I have always wanted to see the Northern Lights – so lucky to have had this experience!

    October 14, 2016 at 9:56 am

  11. Gorgeous!! How very lucky you are to experience this!

    October 13, 2016 at 2:23 pm

  12. Stunning!

    October 13, 2016 at 1:34 pm

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  14. travelchipz

    Thanks for share these fantastic photos. One of my dream is to see the Aurora Borealis, you make me feel a little bit near to this dream. Thank you very much.

    October 13, 2016 at 1:08 am

  15. I try to imagine how you must feel to be there watching and photographing something so breathtaking; something most people will never see in their lifetime.

    October 13, 2016 at 1:06 am

  16. So amazingly beautiful!

    October 12, 2016 at 11:24 pm

  17. where did u get those from? http://www.elyasambition1.wordpress.com

    October 12, 2016 at 10:20 pm

  18. How wonderful to see. Beautiful photos.

    October 12, 2016 at 7:51 pm

  19. It must have been a beautiful experience. Exquisite photographs. I lived in the Yukon for many years and didn’t see them nearly as much as I could have because I wouldn’t stay out half the night. Silly me.
    Alison

    October 12, 2016 at 6:55 pm

  20. Great photograph!

    October 12, 2016 at 6:51 pm

  21. Iris Buchaski

    Wow! Just beautiful.

    Sent from my Galaxy Tab® A

    October 12, 2016 at 6:41 pm

  22. I have really enjoyed these photos having never seen them in person. The ones showing the Big Dipper are magical.

    October 12, 2016 at 6:24 pm

  23. So beautiful! I used to live in Northern Alberta where Northern Lights were a rather common occurence. Since I’ve moved to southern Quebec, over 15 years ago, I’ve only seen them once. Now I feel nostalgic. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos!

    October 12, 2016 at 5:49 pm

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