Ephemeral: The Northern Lights

At the camp fire.
At the camp fire.

Ephemeral:  fleeting moments found in the dancing Northern Lights.   It’s been a trek to get here, I’m far from home  but I marvel at the chance to be here within the Arctic Circle at 71*N.  Nature put on a show the likes of which I’ve not witnessed before.  Night sprites flittered across the dark sky like genies released from a magical bottle.

Abstract light-shapes form and dissolve, this magnetic magic is caused by the charged particles from the sun striking atoms in the earth’s atmosphere.   This causes the electrons in the atoms to move first in a higher energy state then when the electrons drop back to a lower energy state they release photons which create the Aurora of the Northern Lights as seen in these scenes shot recently in Finland.  For more examples of “Ephemeral”  check out the WordPress site here.

Dancing Northern lights
Dancing Northern lights

© Liz Hardman – All rights reserved.

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