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corvi [userpic]
What I've been up to, part the first

AURORA! Sunday-Monday-Tuesday was an excellent geomagnetic storm. I went out and saw the best aurora of my life. I don't know how to describe it. Any words I could tack onto it would be afterthoughts, since at the time I was trembling like a leaf, and the extent of my vocalization was occaisionally whispering "Lord of Light," though whether that was reverence or profanity, I could not tell you, then or now.

Luckily, I don't have to tell you about it...

These aren't terrific pictures, but they're the best I've gotten, and I'm quite pleased with them!

This is a bit of an experimental image. It's been tweaked in photoshop to get rid of most of the colors and a lot of the brightness. This is what the aurora actually looked like, to my eyes, Sunday night, as opposed to what a sixteen-second film exposure caught. I don't normally see any of the hydrogen-red in them myself.

We were standing in a driveway near a random farmhouse; I thought this was a neat image, especially the bit where you can see the aurora reflecting off the fenceposts. The aurora was so bright I could read by it easily.

Just because I can't see the hydrogen glow doesn't mean the camera doesn't. Colorful.

The actual aurora itself has much more clearly defined lines and wrinkles; long camera exposure blur them.

I'm going to shut up now. Look at the neato pictures. :)

Current Mood: amusedgleeful

You do, in fact, rock. Thank you.

Where do you go out to around here to chase Auroras? I've seen them in this area once, sitting a dock on a lake near Marysville, but I'm sure there are closer dark places.

Our default location is around here somewhere. I'm afraid my sense of direction is poor enough I don't know if it's closer to Seattle than Marysville or not.

I lived in Seattle for two years, and I feel awful that I never got to see anything like those pictures... thank you for sharing.


these made my day! what amazing photos :) thank you!

Incredible. :)

Joyful joyful we adore Thee
God of glory, Lord of light...

(This puts that in my head.)

They're beautiful.

i just have to say how jealous i am; i spent 2 hours driving around that night without being able to escape the overcast. beautiful pictures though.