aurora

I love how beautiful deciduous trees can look during the cold winter months. They stand there, bare, naked and exposed in a deep sleep, patiently waiting for the days to grow longer and warmer.
I can’t quite pinpoint what it is that draws me to them but stumbling across a scene like this this, I couldn’t help but pull over to stop and admire these Aspens. With a faint glow from a dying Aurora in the background, it really made for a magical scene. A place I will definitely be returning to, hopefully next time with an active Northern Lights show.
Nic

The Northern Lights proved to be elusive last night, dancing between the clouds and keeping to the horizon. I headed out with the talented Zack Splaine (Check out his work here) a fellow photographer from Calgary. Our chase took us 2 hours north east of Calgary until we eventually decided to call it a night at around 3:30am.

Here’s a photo taken at the old bridge that crosses the Red Deer River at Big Valley. Will have some more pictures coming during the week, got lots to show you all.


Will we get the magnetic storm we are all hoping for? According to Soft Serve News, yes. See below;

http://www.softservenews.com/en/aurora-borealis-breaking-news/moderate-solar-storm-aurora-display-possible-news300039.html

It seems the question now isn’t whether it will hit earth or not, the question is whether it will stick around… Data already shows that we have impact. Great, except right now in Calgary it is only 4pm. It won’t get dark until 9pm-ish so that’s a few hours we need to wait and hope that it really is strong enough to keep going into night time. The next challenge though is whether these damn clouds will part! It has beena weird week in Calgary! 27 degrees Celsius on Sunday then -1 on Monday, the whole city was covered in snow, and that continued for another 3 days. Then, yesterday the first day we were expecting the Northern Lights to begin, the sky did not have a single cloud… ALL DAY! I think this got a few of us pretty excited but the storm hit us before night fell so we missed it.

It’s all about luck in this chase unfortunately. All out of our hands. Keep your fingers, toes, arms, legs and eyes crossed for tonight… If the clouds part, this could be a great show.

Above is a shot from the last Aurora I was able to catch way back at the start of the year. I missed last weeks action, hopefully I can catch something this time. It truly is an amazing sight to see. I am so lucky to have the opportunity. It just mesmerises me every time.

I will keep you all posted.

Nic.