It’s all about to change

Hello dear followers, it’s been very quiet so far this year, mostly due to work behind the scenes, photography studies and family. The quiet is about to change. And so is this blog.

I have redesigned my website www.salamapaja.fi completely. More relevant information about the aurora borealis, about the photo tours and workshops and most of all to finally, finally integrate my blog into the website. It is up and running since yesterday and I’m very excited! Hopefully you are comfortable to make the jump to my future blog page , which will be a lot more active and regular.

On this blog here, I will do a few more posts, so folks will know about the transition. Below you can see a few photos I haven’t shared yet. A lot more will come

See you on the other side!

Reindeers in the wilderness

Reindeers in the wilderness of Northern Lapland

 

Aurora Borealis above Äkäslompolo

Aurora Borealis above Äkäslompolo

 

Snow giants

Snow giants

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