Northern Lights

Looking out our windows is something we do regularly, out of habit, searching for animals, interesting light patterns, cool clouds and fog, etc. Yesterday, when I looked out the window at about 4:45 a.m. I was rewarded with bright greenish-white streaks and swirls in the sky. Mike is not the early-morning person I am, but I got him up anyway. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Northern Lights.

They appear more green in the images because the shutter is kept open to gather more light. In the picture of the lights over the glacier, we can see a hint of pink along with the green. Note the gradient in the band, how the greenish color at the top fades to yellow then blends into pink at the bottom. That’s what we attempted to portray in The Trail Home. We’ve seen better examples in real life than the ones we saw yesterday, but I think you can get the idea.

Funk & Weber, Northern Lights

Our house beneath the Northern Lights.

Funk & Weber, Aurora Ribbon

Ribbon of light

Funk & Weber, Northern Lights Over the Glacier

Northern Lights over the glacier

Funk & Weber, Aurora Borealis and the Big Dipper

Aurora Borealis and the Big Dipper

5 Responses to “Northern Lights”

  1. Shelly

    I think the top photo would make a great Christmas card for you guys next year! It looks so peaceful and warm with the lights of home shining, making me want to come inside to visit for a while. Another thing that would be nice…being able to click on each photo to view them full-screen. Is that a hard thing to do on your site?

    March 2, 2011 @ 9:39 am
  2. ~Monique

    Oh. My. Gosh. Jen, what a fabulously fantastic thing to see… I’d love to see that in person!! Thanks so much for sharing these pics 🙂

    March 2, 2011 @ 11:42 am
  3. Bev

    Beautiful !!!!

    March 2, 2011 @ 2:21 pm
  4. Becca

    Oh Jen! This is just too amazing! I love Shelly’s idea of being able to see them full screen.

    March 2, 2011 @ 8:04 pm
  5. Lynne Nicoletti

    I’m so incredibly jealous, Jen. Seeing the Northern Lights is the one travel-related thing that I’ve always wanted to do. They’re magical!

    March 3, 2011 @ 7:10 am

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