Sunset in a January afternoon

Another souvenir from my visit to Sweden. Above the Baltic Sea, it’s the river Tornijoki dividing Finland from Sweden. While most of the river is frozen, the huge steam cloud comes from the open rapids. If you look closely, you can see the sunset colors in one of the windows of the building (in Finland). The small bushes in the foreground are Swedish 🙂 Hope you sit in a warm place, this was taken at -26 Celcius, brrrr..

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Halo Sweden

A few days back I was travelling to Karungi, Sweden to meet up with tour operator LappOne and fellow photographers Stefano Tiozzo, Gabriele Menis to join their group of aurora hunters for one night in a magical moonlight landscape. As the night grew older, thin clouds created a wonderful 22° moon halo. Not a bad scenery to wait for Northern lights!

The thin clouds high up in the atmosphere are made of countless hexagonal ice crystals which refract the light forming this halo. The same can be seen also around the sun in daytime, but should be carefully enjoyed as the sunlight is a lot stronger. More information on the 22 halo here.

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Magic night scenery

Last night’s auroras in my yard

The title says it all I guess! Beautiful, bright auroras around our house here in Oulu. The night was pretty cold with ‘cosy’ -24 Celsius.. Good to have the warm house right there, a luxury compared to be out in the middle of nowhere. Although I prefer to be out surrounded only by nature 🙂

Copyright: Thomas Kast

 

Copyright: Thomas Kast