Lunar coronae

The past weeks have been extremely busy with tours, preparations, studies and last but not least family time. Oh, and some other projects but I will talk about those another time.

A few days ago I returned from a tour in Lapland. Most nights were cloudy but luckily we also saw auroras. But that wasn’t all, the moon gave us a special show. The nights were around -15..-25C and fog pads were in the air. Due to the cold temperature it consisted of ice crystals. Sometimes the high clouds were just perfect to create multiple moon coronae (at least I think thats the correct term). The colors and shape were very distinct, something totally new for me. For a while I forgot about auroras :D. So, here it is. Winter wonderland under a wonderous moon.

Lunar coronae in Lapland, Finland.

After the early sunset

Today, the weather was a real treat. -10C and clear skies, wonderful pastel colors. Two days ago we got about 20cm fresh snow and it all looked like a winter wonderland. I was shooting at the rapids of Koitelinkoski. After the sun set about 2.30pm the afterglow came in and hit the trees for a long while. Beautiful contrast of warm and cold colors.

After sunset at Koitelinkoski

 

The spiral

Auroras come in many shapes and several colors. In the night I took this photo, there was not too much activity at first. Then patches of green started to appear a certain distance from each other, the voids in between were filled more and more until a long band crossed the sky. Near the end of it’s dance, I saw a small spiral evolving. After the moment in the photo it grew a bit in size before it lost all its structure and became a green blob.

An aurora spiral

Thanking the Lady Aurora

Two nights ago, the skies where clear after a – what seemed – endless cloud season. At first there was little activity but then the details, color and strength were slowly building up. Usually I’m not in photos, but at this special occasion I made an exception 🙂

Northern lights in winter

Halo shadows

Moon halos are a wonderful phenomenom during those cold winter nights, especially when the ground is covered with lots and lots of snow. Trees and other plants will casts strong, clear-shaped shadows as you see here.
In January 2018 you’ll have the chance to join my photo tour in Lapland, where I’ll instruct all about landscape and night photography in magical places 🙂

Moon halo and shadows