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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Northern lights in winter

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 … ๐Ÿ™‚

Aurora and star trails

Aurora at Kukkolankoski

During the photography studies last weekend I went with one friend to the rapids of Kukkolankoski. With high aurora activity and the luck of clear skies for a short few hours, we saw a nice show above the water. It was wonderful to be in nature, seeing and hearing it.

Auroras at Kukkolankoski