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.

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

14 minutes at night

Another long exposure experiment, really love doing those. For this photo the camera ‘looked’ at the scene for about fourteen minutes. Going into about five minutes of this exposure, there was some aurora activity – mostly out of the frame. When I finished this photo, the aurora was basically gone, but I caught a piece of it 🙂

Night at Koitelinkoski

 

And suddenly the sky cleared..

Last night I was out and about to capture auroras. While I drove to the location, a starry sky followed me. Once there, clouds or high fog moved in with no stars visible anymore. I was just about to leave when two other chasers passed me. After the chat I packed my gear and left. Well… almost 🙂 From one moment to the next, countless stars were visible again. With stars not enough, I was lucky to see the moon setting – in a wonderful orange glow.

Moon set around 11.30pm

Lady Aurora made an appearance as well. As the display wasn’t too crazy I could continue working on my star trail project. An exiting night it was and once back home, it was hard to find sleep. This afternoon while writing this blog entry I feel I could doze of any mome … zz … 🙂

Aurora and star trails

Valoa Koiteli – Candle rapids

Last night the rapids of Koiteli were lit up by countless candles and some light installations. ‘Valoa Koiteli’ is a wonderful event. Lots of families were there and the kids loved to run around with flashlights. The candles created a warm atmosphere – at -8C.

In this panoramic photo (click on it) you can see part of the candles on the right side of the chain bridge. As winter progresses most of the water surface you see now will be covered by thick ice.

For the photo geeks, this panorama is made of 24 single photos and – dare I say – the long side is 35,000 pixels 🙂

 

Panoama at the rapids Koitelinkoski