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