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.

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

 

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

Moon halo

In Haukipudas was one of the best moon halos of this autumn so far. I went out for auroras but a lot of fog made it difficult to see. Plus I missed the best part of the show. Luckily that fog worked at the same time wonders with the moon, drawing a wonderful circle around it. This particular halo is a so-called 22° halo and is ‘made’ by countless ice crystals in the atmosphere.

Have you ever seen a halo around the moon sometimes?

Moon halo

Change of seasons

The wonderful time when daylight does not completely fade away and leaves the twilight low on the horizon throughout the night. It’s a short time of a few weeks. The other night I was out with a friend and we saw the moon rise, lighting up the haze on the lake. Between that and the last bit of sunset, the aurora danced her welcome back dance. Everyone was happy.
Looking at the photo, do you recognize some shape or anything in it?

Aurora with twilight and moonrise