This past weekend was a spectacular one for aurora viewing! I’ve been keeping my eye on the aurora cam each evening, and when the aurora appears fairly high in the sky, the lights can usually be seen from my house. If it’s not too cold, I run outside with camera and tripod, and look to the skies. I was greatly rewarded as the hours passed. After midnight, the lights were edged in purple and danced straight above me. Here are photos from Friday night’s light show:
Late Saturday night, the Aurora Cam was going crazy with the northern lights again. My friend Lori messaged me and told me she’d pick me up, if I wanted to go out to Nordale flats with her for a better view of the sky. I jumped at the chance of viewing the sky from a wide open space.
When we got to the pull off, there was another vehicle there, and quite a few cars were driving past on the road – which made for a lot of headlight pollution. It was quite frustrating, but we both managed to capture some if the night sky. I could faintly see tinges of red and purple in the aurora at one point.
When the traffic seemed to get even more frequent, bringing bright headlights directly at us, and ruining our chances of getting any good photos, Lori and I decided to head north, up the Steese Hwy, where we knew it would be dark. As we made our way north, the sky exploded with light above us. There was no place to pull off and get any photos unfortunately, so we just had to enjoy them from the car windows.
We decided to pull off the road at the Pedro Monument Historical Wayside at mile 16.5 on the Steese Hwy. Although we were surrounded by rolling hills, they didn’t obstruct our view of the aurora – and in fact added some interest to our photos, in my opinion.
It was absolutely dark out there, although a glance back toward town showed orange-lit skies from the city lights. That was actually pretty neat, as the constellation Orion was backlit by the peachy-orange color, making it stand out even more brightly.
What a gorgeous night we had! The aurora was fabulous, and I spent more time gazing upward in awe, than I did triggering the shutter button on my camera.
Yellow and white light explodes behind the hills:
Friday night, the local dance community put on a show highlighting all forms of dance. There was belly dancing, tribal style dancing, ballroom, folk, Spanish, and more. It was a wonderful sensory overload of color, sound, and movement. This is just a small sampling of the photos I took at the event. I shot more than 150 photos!
Steve and I worked very hard yesterday to clear out much of the *stuff* in the office, so that I can paint and shampoo the carpets, before moving the stuff back in – in a much more organized fashion. The guest room is a mess, since it’s full of stuff from the office, but eventually I’ll get it all together again. Best of all, we have our dining room back – which has been an ongoing staging area for my photography equipment, matting and framing supplies, etc. What a relief!
Knowing that Chris will be coming in a little more than a month (YAY!) makes me even more determined to get everything organized. It will be nice to have a functioning guest room again, rather than a catch-all room for overflow boxes, etc. Where did all this stuff come from?!
My blog friend Liz is en route to AK as I type this. They’ll be getting in late tonight. I hope to get together with her this weekend maybe. We’ll touch base tomorrow (hopefully) and try to coordinate our schedules. I look forward to meeting her and her husband Kurtis!
It’s snowing and so beautiful! It’s amazing how the sight of falling snow can make me happy – even as winter goes on and on and on…
Until next time…