Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Aurora Reflections

The dark nights in Alaska are back. It is already late fall in Southcentral Alaska. The northern lights season officially begins.

After many rainy days, finally the sky cleared out, and the solar activity was high enough to display the northern lights north of Anchorage.
I was waiting at one of the lakes about 60 miles north of Anchorage. It was in the mid 30 degrees (°F), “warm” weather for northern lights photography. The lake is still not frozen yet this time of the year. It is a good time to capture the reflections of the northern lights.

Starting with faint lights on the horizon, the northern lights formed an arch around 2 am. Slowly, the arch like aurora shifted over the lake. The lake was still, like a mirror reflecting the lights on the surface. The light arch slowly waved and faded… then started all over again. It repeated several times. The lights weren’t as intense as I expected, but still a peaceful show.

On my next update, I will posts new images from the European Alps. Please check back!