I spy with my little eye … the Northern Lights

Each day before my husband leaves for work, as I am still sleepy-eyed, he gives me the morning updates. He tells me what is on the news, what is happening in the world of sports, other tidbits of information, and, most importantly, what the Geophysical Institute’s aurora forecast is for the day. Translation: will we be able to see the Northern Lights tonight?

On Monday, the forecast was a four, moderate. But this is good. Normally, the forecast moves between one and two, so we have a policy to get outside and look if it is three or above. The scale is 1-10. That night we bundled up, packed a thermos of hot chocolate (my new winter go-to), and drove to Chena Lakes Recreation Area, the closest place to get a good view of the lights.

After about 15 minutes, we could see the lights forming on the horizon and from there it only got better. One of my favorite parts about the Northern Lights are how they change. They move across the sky, shifting both in shape and intensity of color.

This is the third time we have seen the lights since arriving in Alaska and each time I get caught up in their spell. It’s almost magical, like a little wizard is standing someplace out in the snow painting his wand across the sky, green waves of pixie dust.

My husband is our Northern Lights photographer. I am more of a point-and-shoot kind of girl. To me, composition is important, landscapes, people, animals, etc. I am interested in how they fit in the window of the shot, but when I get down to the business of actually taking the picture, I want the camera to do the work. So it is a good thing Lucas likes to  play around with the settings and read the instructions. He is mastering the night shot.

This also has two additional advantages for me: I can hop in the car to warm up more often (it’s still cold here!), and I get to just look. There is something special about just taking it all in. Alaska continues to make me marvel at the natural world.

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16 Comments on “I spy with my little eye … the Northern Lights”

  1. Dounia says:

    Beautiful shots. It must be amazing to see; thanks for sharing.

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  2. Beautiful beautiful beautiful! I am enjoying your blog!

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  3. Beautiful photos – Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Shannon says:

    I have always wanted to see the northern lights! Your blog is making me want to wish I could pick up and go there now, -40 or not.

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  5. Jian Sha says:

    I’m so jealous about the Northern lights and the many stars. Great job sharing your stories and adventures! Thank you.

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  6. jakesprinter says:

    I`M glad to know it thanks for sharing 🙂

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  7. Chris says:

    I actually just learned all about the Northern Lights in my astrology class and the concept still blows my mind. Absolutely beautiful pictures, thanks so much for sharing!

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  8. Stunning photos…thank you

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  9. Now THIS is on my bucket list…. how exquisite. Would LOVE to experience those! Fantastic.

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  10. Manoj says:

    I have been following your blog and really enjoy it. I am giving you The Liebster Blog Award. Please follow this link to my page to see the rules.
    http://theunofficialversion.com/2011/12/04/announcing-the-liebster-blog-award-winners/

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  11. Please convey my thanks to Lucas for such wonderful pictures of a great natural phenomenon.

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  12. Bee says:

    Although I’m sure most people would think you’re crazy for living in such conditions, I find it quite inspiring and gutsy. I’m sure to see those lights would make all the frosty nights worth it. Absolutely stunning!

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  13. Nel says:

    These are magical. It’s a dream of mine to see these lights one day. I heard they should be pretty vivid in the coming year because of solar flares.

    So glad I dropped by,
    Nel

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  14. Angels Love & Light ~
    Aurora

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