Monday, February 24, 2014

Travel Tuesday no.2 // Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights, is a natural phenomenon that occurs when charged particles from the sun enter and collide with particles in the earth's atmosphere. I heard about the lights years ago and was always in awe of the amazing photos I saw, but I never imagined that it would be possible to go see them until now.

Thanks to friends who were also interested in travel, photography, and the Northern Lights, we did some research and made the trip up north to the capital of Yukon last week in hopes of seeing the lights. There is no guarantee that they will appear. It depends on so many factors like the solar wind, aurora activity level, weather, and many other things I don't comprehend, but we were incredibly hopeful. During our time there, we went out three nights and were lucky enough to see them two out of three nights!

It's difficult to put into words how magical the lights were. I was in awe of it all and it seemed so surreal to be able to witness such an amazing sight. On our first night, the activity level was so high that the lights filled the entire sky. They were blue-ish green, fading in and out, and at some point moved so quickly that they really looked like they were 'dancing'. We even saw a large pink streak stretch stretch across the sky. On the last night, the lights seemed like they were fading and we thought we would not see much of them anymore, but they began to get brighter again around midnight and they continued to brighten and form patterns and streaks across the sky. And the millions of stars we saw each night? Epic. Seriously so epic.

These are some of my favorite shots I managed to take. It was a struggle to shoot in -30*C weather in near darkness, and it was my first time to use a tripod and take long exposures to boot. Focusing on infinity was also crazy hard. But it was all worth it to be able to witness and photograph these lights.


We did other things around the city of course, but the lights were definitely the main purpose and highlight of our trip. If you ever have the chance to see the Northern Lights, I highly recommend it. It's something I can now check off my bucket list! :)

11 comments:

  1. Wow, amazing photos! It's hard to imagine that something like this is real!

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  2. This is beyond amazing. The first picture of stunning, out of this world.

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  3. Stunning photos, wonderful job capturing the lights!

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  4. Wow! So amazing! Thanks for your sharing your pics!

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  5. Wow, this is stunning! The aurora itself must be beautiful but you took amazing pictures!!!

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  6. Absolute beautiful!! One day i'd like to go up north (in Manitoba) to see them. We occasionally seem them in Winnipeg but not often enough. =)

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  7. Such beautiful pictures. Thanks do much for sharing them.

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  8. This is so seriously amazing. I'm in awe. Thanks for sharing your photos, Geralyn!

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  9. Wow, what an amazing experience. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. These photos are fabulous. Thank you for sharing. Seeing the Northern Lights is on my bucket list as well!

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