One of the most active meteor showers, the Geminids, are underway on Dec-13/14th and last night I was lucky to see about 50-60 shooting stars while – once again – looking for auroras. Yesterdays adventure started very late, it was almost midnight. I’ve been waiting for auroras to show up due to some strong activity on the sun, but for a long time nothing happened. At midnight I went with a friend in hope that we’d see Northern lights.
Our first stop was a frozen lake but instead of auroras we experienced something else. Very strange noises came from the lake every now and then. Scratching, hammering, all kind of weird noises came from the moving ice. At times it was far away and a moment later right beside us. Very mystic experience to say the least.. A day before it was +5 C and raining, so I guess some of the ice melted. During our night out it was -10 C and the ice on the lake reshaped itself.
After a while we made our way to another lake only to hear stronger noises. Staying there for many hours, we saw a lot of shooting stars but the camera was – of course – pointing into the wrong direction. With only little auroras showing up, I wanted to get back home. So we left at 2.45 am. In the forest we made one more stop to get a decent photo of the moonlit landscape. Right then auroras started to appear and for a few minutes the sky was glowing red! I was so happy we stopped one more time.
Hungry for more auroras, I found some energy left in me and stayed longer than planned.. again. My last photo of the night was well past moonset and had a Geminid with auroras in it. It was perfect time to go home and get some needed sleep 🙂