Evanescent

The bewitching display of the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights danced with a lightness through the skies.  We’d set off from Tromsø (Latitude:69° 38′ 57.1369″. Longitude:18° 57′ 19.1657), Norway in the late evening hoping that the we’d be lucky to find the ‘lights’.

Hell, it was cold: -14*C but there we were well bundled up in layers and finally after three hours of driving, we came to an open area, an iced over lake where we were being treated to a magnificent show of nature’s natural alchemy.  An ethereal airiness, whispy trails gathered into waves which flickered and glowed.  It was so stunningly beautiful.

What causes all this energy?  “When charged particles from the sun strike atoms in Earth’s atmosphere, they cause electrons in the atoms to move to a higher-energy state. When the electrons drop back to a lower energy state, they release a photon: light. This process creates the beautiful aurora, or northern lights.”earthsky.org

WPC:  Evanescent

 

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23 thoughts on “Evanescent

  1. this photos are so wonderful because many times the colors are photographed with out anything to ground them.. the trees really help me understand the way they move, their altitude… beautiful.

  2. WOW. Incredible. I’ve only had the chance to see them at a huge distance (from New Hampshire ) to be correct. As such, they were just a green luminescent smudge in the night sky.

    1. Thanks Dina. That’s a highlight of a lifetime 🙂 the northern lights and staying at an ice hotel; dog sledding. It was surreal 🙂 and a landscape to savour with it’s snow white purity and the dancing lights. Your country is land of so many delights.

  3. Many years ago, like the late 1940s, my father took me outside one evening to view an Aurora Australis. It’s a sight I have never forgotten, and which I have never again experienced.
    There are no words to adequately describe that spectacular sight and experience, but your images are truly beautiful, thank you for sharing them.
    Maureen in Queensland

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