Aurora Feb 1

10:30pm on a Tuesday and my phone goes off. I am already in bed, about to turn the lights off when I get an email from Aurora Watch telling me there is a 98& chnace of seeing the Northern Lights. Tempting, very tempting! After much thought, lots of checking of weather forecasts and other aurora forecasts I decided to hop out of bed and head out. I had never seen such a high probability before.

I jumped in the car with no real idea where to go as it was quite overcast but I was determined to find a spot where the clouds were broken up. Logic told me they are called the Northern Lights, drive north so I did. I drove up to Airdrie took a left at highway 567 and just headed east. The clouds were breaking up from what looked like a chinook and then I got my first glimpse of them. I was so excited! I finally get to see them again after the first time last summer.

Aurora Feb 2

To be truthful, I had absolutely no idea where I was going but found a cool road with plenty of little ponds and trees. It really would be a great place to shoot Auroras in the summer trying to get reflections on the water.

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I wasn’t just battling the clouds, the moon was extremely bright also which was a bit of shame as it took away some of the colour of the show but I didn’t care.

Aurora Feb 3

I played around in a few spots, mostly capitalizing on the silhouettes of the trees. I apologise of most of these have a similiar foreground but I really loved trying to incorporate them into my shots.

It really was a beautiful night. It was around -6 but believe me, that doesn’t feel bad at all, especially with no wind. It was just me out there, just really appreciating my surroundings; the sights, the smell of fresh air and the sounds of owls in the trees and Coyotes howling.

Aurora Feb 4

The shot above you can see the Aurora through the trees with the orange glow of Calgary reflecting in the clouds above the city.

Unfortunately for me, I had to work the next day so wasn’t able to stay as late as I would have liked to but did stay out till 2:30am. They just seemed to be getting better and better but I knew I would regret it for the whole day if I stayed out longer. Fingers crossed the next one comes on a weekend so i can stay out longer and appreciate it that much more. It is so beautiful to see the light flickering around, dancing in the sky and pulsating above and around you. These are only tame to the shows you see up north in Alaska or North West Territories which I plan to check out at some point but they are still spectacular to see.

Aurora Feb 5

I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed being out there taking them.

Love, love

Nic

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7 Comments. Leave your Comment right now:

  1. Nic, this website will help you find clear skies every night the lights are out 🙂

    http://www.cleardarksky.com/csk/prov/Alberta_charts.html

    You may have to refresh it throughout the night. Once you select a chart location, click on one of the cloud cover boxes and it will take you to a cloud cover map of the specific time for the province. You can also click a link that will animate the map 🙂

    • No freaking way! That is awesome… I looked at the Weather Network but that is kind of useless so i basically just went by eye.

      Thanks so much Mike. I have loved your shots of the lights and am honoured to have been picked along side yourself in the Exposure Emerging Photographer Award. Best of luck mate.

  2. Wow! Wow! and Wow!

  3. by Janice

    beautiful shots!

    • Thanks Janice. I appreciate the feedback!

  4. by What

    Nice!! I hope to see it in person someday!

    • I definitely recommend it! There a lot brighter further north which I hope to see one day but they are still pretty magical here!

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