Aurora borealis over a moonlit and snow-covered boreal forest in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Sitting at the computer last night, I had given up any hope that we’d have any good aurora this weekend, so I started writing a trip plan for 2015. I flipped to my tab with the RGB real-time camera stationed at Poker Flat in Chatanika and the sky suddenly turned green. Only a few minutes before it was blank. I grabbed my camera and tripod and ran out the door, for what turned out to be a 3 hour long walk in -20° F temps (some of the coldest we’ve had this year).
The full moon illuminated our snow-covered forest. It was magical.
Me under the northern lights in a moonlit forest
Before I hit the trails Kate met me out on the road while walking the dog. I took the opportunity to take a family photo.
Of course, the northern lights erupted in brightness when I was walking along a narrow trail. It was hard to find a spot to actually see some of the sky in time.
I finally made my way home to catch the end of the Saturday Night Live re-run. While editing some of these photos another bright band whipped down from the north. I slipped on my boots. They were soaking wet. Some snow got in earlier and I didn’t notice. Every step sloshed. Walking down the road for a second time; slosh, slosh, slosh. I cringed, turned around, and just took a few photos from our front porch.
The aurora erupted again around 2:30 am. I took this from my front porch. The pinkish, crimson underside is from nitrogen emission at a lower altitude than the greens from oxygen.
One last shot. The end of the aurora display for me. I’m going to bed.
All photos from this evening will be in the galleries: 2014-01-03 and 2015-01-04
Some will end up in my aurora borealis gallery.