Lake Minnewanka’s Northern Lights

There have been strong Aurora Borealis events over the past couple of weeks.  These have extended far enough south that those of us in southern Alberta have been able to enjoy great displays in the night sky.  Throughout the earliest hours of May 20th the Northern Lights flashed, rippled and glowed over Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park.  It was a beautiful night with few clouds and a sky that looked like someone had spread out all the diamonds across a dark blanket.

Along the lake’s western shore, many people had come out to see the auroras.  When I passed the marina, the storm was in a lull but the green glow drew a sharp line on the Palliser Range’s silhouette.  I’m usually alone when I’m photographing at night so it was neat to be part of a loose community all there to enjoy this natural event.

Most people were lined up along the dam.  I hiked down a trail a bit further south and found a stretch of rock along the water’s edge that looked good to me.  I spent the next four hours watching the sky, scrambling around the rocks and photographing the aurora.  The photographs here are from the first hour during an active period following the lull.  I will share a few more from later in night in another post soon.


19 responses

  1. Even though the northern lights are photogenic under any angle, you’re very talented ! Congrats and keep on photographing 😉

    October 16, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    • Thank you. I will do just that. I don’t think I could stop anyways !

      October 16, 2017 at 2:01 pm

  2. Life goal right there! Amazing photos!

    July 8, 2017 at 8:03 am

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  4. These are pure magic, Chris!

    June 2, 2017 at 11:07 am

    • Thank you Lisa – I had a lot of help from the sun, the lake and the mountains. Pretty special when it all comes together.

      June 3, 2017 at 10:31 am

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  7. Absolutely stunning photos!

    May 31, 2017 at 1:14 am

  8. Fabulous photos!

    May 31, 2017 at 12:55 am

  9. Astonishing views; I have never seen this in person, so it is much appreciated.

    May 30, 2017 at 6:09 pm

  10. Pretty spectacular!

    May 30, 2017 at 3:12 pm

  11. daveyone1

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    May 30, 2017 at 12:56 pm

  12. Definitely have the “wow”factor, like seeing the brilliance of the stars.

    May 30, 2017 at 11:16 am

  13. Reblogged this on Le Bien-Etre au bout des Doigts.

    May 30, 2017 at 10:44 am

  14. Beautiful images, Christopher, I cannot even begin to imagine what it must be like to experience that first-hand, it must have been amazing.

    May 30, 2017 at 8:03 am

  15. Wow! This is on my bucket list! I must see the auroras!! Beautiful photos 😊

    May 30, 2017 at 7:58 am

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