I had my eye on my Aurora app all Christmas Day and knew there was a good chance I would catch a glimpse if the sky cleared. By 10pm the stars were visible and I keep bundling up and running down to the lake to see if they were active. By 11:15pm I had almost given up hope and was going to head to bed when my husband said “ the lights are dancing”. So we bundles up in our ski pants, Sorel boots, goose down parkas, fur mitts, scarves and toques and headed to the lake. It was a chilly –30’c and I didn’t even look at the wind-chill, I was determined to get a few pictures as it had been since early October that I last took aurora photos. The aurora has been active over the past two months but it has been very cloudy here so I missed quite a few opportunities so I wasn’t going to miss this one!
They were quite faint at first but I knew that could change at any second and it did. They suddenly intensified and danced across the sky with a ribbon of red on the northern edge. I had to limit my exposure time to 6 seconds or the photos would just be one large ball of green light as they were moving so fast.
After about 10 minutes they started to fade and we were left to view a soft green glow to the north. I’m sure they intensified a few times during the night but we were pretty cold after being outside for 15 minutes and my hand was burning cold from taking my mitt off so often to adjust my camera. Time to go in for the night. I hope there will be many more opportunities to capture this beautiful phenomenon this winter!
Here was the view to the east and it was a gentle glow over top of us.