Hello everyone! Sorry for the delay in updating. Of course I’ve been busy, and I have a lot of photos to share from the last week or so. This photo of me (at left) was taken last week, by my friend Amanda, while I was out with a client for a winter portrait session. It was -30F the day of our session, and Amanda helped me with my reflector and backpack, as we hiked deep into the woods for some photos.
Fortunately, even though the morning starts out cold, it does warm up above zero most days now. The frost on my hair is from my breath. The photo on the right is of my client, Ulyana - who was quite brave to have outdoor portraits done despite the arctic chill. She would take off her parka, pose, and then put her coat back on. As I wrote - brave as well as beautiful!
We have 11.5 hours of visible light now. YIPPEE!!! This is the best time of winter - when the days start to feel normal again in regards to light. No more rushing around to get errands done before it gets dark. No more planning roadtrips so that we’re not driving on dangerous roads at night. Things are finally getting back to normal, and Fairbanks is waking up again. It’s amazing how many more people are out and about now. And how little they’re wearing too. For the most part, heavy parkas are reserved for aurora chasing, and outdoor sports and events. *Regular* winter coats, and even fleece jackets, are the norm now. Long underwear is chosen on a case by case basis - not as part of my daily attire. Hats and gloves? I still take them with me, just in case, but for the most part they’re not necessary for everyday running around. Spring is definitely in the air, even though we still have several months before we see new green buds on the trees.
TALENTED FRIENDS - GLASS ART
My friend Lacey is an amazingly talented glass artist. She creates stained glass pieces, ornaments, and large intricate window hangings that are absolutely beautiful - especially when the sun shines through the window.
I commissioned Lacey to make me a large piece that would fit our largest living room window. It doesn’t open, and is 45×45 in size, so I wanted a piece that would be large enough to not get lost on the window. The sunlight comes in that window every morning, so I also asked for beautiful colors (my favorite colors are earth tones, with reds and yellows as pretty pops of color).
She had it ready for me last week, and it is just GORGEOUS!! Here it is hanging in my window:
And this photo was taken when the day was brighter - to show the beautiful colors with light shining through:
PINK AURORA - BEAUTIFUL NIGHT SKY
Last Tuesday evening - early in the evening - the aurora made an appearance. It wasn’t even fully dark yet, which made it even more beautiful, as pinks and magenta were bright against the sky. I was on the phone with my friend Julie, and sitting inside my house, when she asked me if I could see the lights. I wasn’t even monitoring the aurora cam, as it was much too early (in my opinion), but she was following the alerts on her phone, and told me that the lights were out! Of course, I ran outside (with the phone) and looked up to see a bright green band, edged with pink. It only took me a few minutes to get my camera on my tripod and get back out in the front yard. I chatted with Julie, as I pushed the shutter button. It was so beautiful and I wished that Julie could be standing beside me again, instead far away in Iowa.
These images were shot between 7pm and 12:15am. As you can see, the brightest colors were earlier in the evening, while the sky still had a cobalt blue darkness to it, and not the blacker darkness after the sun is long gone.