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Town Aurora

Town Aurora

 

On my way home one morning, I could see the northern lights in the sky. The aurora stretched across the northern horizon as I was driving. By the time I got home to get my camera, the lights were already fading, so, I set up on my front sidewalk and shot across the street. What I couldn’t see when driving was the radiating pulsing in the lights. Unfortunately you can’t capture the movement in still photography.

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Into The Night

Into The Night

 

As the sky darkens and the harvest moon rises higher, the farmer works on into the night, racing against time to bring his crops in.

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Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon

 

The harvest moon hangs over a freshly cut field of grain.

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Making The Turn

Making The Turn

 

A farmer turns the swather to make a new cut into the grain they are getting ready to combine, facing into the harvest moon.

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Sunset Slough

Sunset Slough

 

The last light of the day reflects off of a prairie pond. The windless evening creates a mirror like surface.

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Omega

Omega

 

I thought this looked like the Greek letter Omega, the last letter, kind of symbolizing the end. It was the end of our night out but the show continued on much later into the night.

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The Claw

The Claw

 

This one just looked like a big claw coming down from the sky.

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All A Buzz

All A Buzz

 

There are times when the aurora gets really active and it starts moving around quickly. You never know what you’ll end up with in the camera. In this shot, it was different from when I clicked the shutter until when the exposure ended.

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Light Bright

Light Bright

 

It’s been a bit of an Aurora drought around here lately, so please forgive me if I gush on about the G3 storm that occurred early on May 8th. The lights were so bright, we could see them before we left town. I didn’t have to worry about finding the absolute darkest site to shoot from either. There was enough light to illuminate the ground so minimal flashlights were used. My major worry was where to point my camera next. From about 20 degrees above the southern horizon the rest of the sky had aurora at some point in the night. You had to be there!

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Aurora With Colour Streaks

Aurora With Colour Streaks

 

When I’m out at night shooting Aurora, the camera always picks up more than I can see with my naked eyes. There has to be some really intense colour for me to see it. My wife Sherri has an uncanny ability to see the nearly invisible colours in the aurora and can usually point me in the right direction.

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Aurora Highway

Aurora Highway

 

Saturday night rolls in and I’m just settling down with the computer. The first post I read is one from a buddy of mine that says head outside and look up, you can see the northern lights inside the City of Calgary! I’m thinking, can it be? So, I check the Space Weather Report and sure enough, a G3 event is underway. I race upstairs and roust Sherri, who’s just getting ready for bed and I pack up the camera gear to load the truck. We’re out in 5 minutes and on location in another 5. Our spot, next to the busiest highway in the province. This shot takes advantage of the location to add taillight highlights to the composition.

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Almost Empty Field

Almost Empty Field

 

Sometimes, for whatever reason, a hay bale gets left behind. Occasionally, they get picked up but this one got caught in an early season snowstorm. You can see where the wind left a large drift that wraps around the bale on the windward side. At sometime, a coyote has visited this bale to discover if mice have made their home here. Life, in a microcosm.

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Hazy Evening

Hazy Evening

 

Just after the sun sets there is a short period where there is enough light and enough color to get a great picture. The muted tones are suitable for the feelings here. A warm breeze on a summers evening and the scene is set.

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Signs

Signs

 

Despite our current unseasonably warm winter weather, this is a reminder that Old Man Winter might be hiding around the next corner. Taken a few years ago, I liked the contrast between the warmth of the late day sun and the cool shadows from the drifts.

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Sky Wash

Sky Wash

 

From the New Year’s Eve Aurora show.

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Aurora Home Delivery

Aurora Home Delivery

 

Often the lights of a town or city are enough to preclude seeing the Aurora Borealis but sometimes a strong event can be seen in almost any conditions.

On Christmas Day, I’d like to wish my friends, neighbours and readers a joyous holiday season, however you celebrate it.

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There Be Dragons

There Be Dragons

 

Sometimes out of the charged particles in the air that cause our Northern Lights, patterns emerge. Fleeting though they are, often the shapes evoke memories or stories past. I saw a dragon in this one, you might see something else.

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Orion Aurora

Orion Aurora

 

I have a special fondness for the constellation Orion. It was probably the second constellation that I learned after The Big Dipper. It is easy to recognize in our winter sky. On this night, the aurora was large enough to intrude into the southern sky and grace the top of the frame. The glow from it was so bright, that there is a green cast on the snow in the foreground. The clouds are lit by the light pollution from the city of Calgary.

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Afternoon Clouds

Afternoon Clouds

 

Summer is a great time for evening drives. With the weather getting colder, looking at a picture like this helps warm me up. I don’t remember now if the haze in the distance was dust from the gravel roads or mist after a passing storm. The colours are warm and brilliant in the late afternoon sun.

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Sky Circles

Sky Circles

 

Auroras are one of my favourite subjects. Although not an infrequent visitor in these parts, they do not show up as often as I’d like. This show was on November 4th, like my most recent aurora posts. For some reason, I had passed over this frame. On later inspection, I liked the repeating circles and upward spikes.

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I Love The Nightlife

I Love The Nightlife

 

Very similar to Wednesday’s post, this shot is zoomed in a little more and the light is a bit more intense. You can barely make out the constellation the Big Dipper through the aurora and there are bits of orange and yellow in the middle.

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Aurora And Meteor

Aurora And Meteor 15/11/04

 

We were on our way home from a dinner with friends in Red Deer, and as we turned off the highway, the spectacle was unfolding. We quickly found a nearby spot not far from the highway and started shooting. We were so close you can still see some red taillights on the left hand horizon. There is even a meteor gracing the frame with an early sighting from the Taurid meteor shower.

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Orion And Aurora

Orion And Aurora

 

We had an opportunity to get a quick photo shoot in on November 3 and came away with a few good shots. From where we live, just north of Calgary, the Northern Lights are exactly that, from the north. Sure, they can me in the northwest or in this case northeast, but mostly north of west or east. On this night, the aurora just crossed the line, as you can see by the power line running to the east. I was able to include the constellation Orion in this composition.

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Sky On Fire

Sky On Fire

 

As I might have said before, you don’t have to go far to get great pictures. There are plenty near you. This image was made less than 10 minutes from my house. I had previously scouted the location online and was waiting for a good opportunity to photograph the Aurora. I was worried about the cloud cover when we arrived but soon found it was thin enough for the light to partially pass. The smoke in the air gave the night lights a reddish glow.

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