Tuesday, January 24, 2012

January Skies

Yes, I haven't posted in a while. However, I plan to make this a great year for garden documentation and photography, eventually culminating in a photo book for myself to forever remember 2012 in my garden. I suppose my next tasks need to be buying seeds, buying some seed-starting mix, and gathering all the little pots from the shed.

What can I say about the yard? Snow, snow and more snow. Oh, and cold. If you try to keep up with the activity of the aurora borealis, you may have read about the massive sun storms going on since January 19th. I follow this forecasting website from Alaska. The forecast for northern lights is tonight is in the "extreme" range. I hear that the intensity of the sun storm is even causing havoc for satellites, precision GPS, high-altitude polar flights, and potentially for the international space station. Fortunately, we get to see some spectacular northern lights in return for all this solar violence. The lights should be visible as far south as New York City and North Dakota.



My significant challenge in taking photos of the northern lights is finding company. Not too many folks enjoy standing around outside in -25C, at night. Maybe I need to find the ice-fishing crowd and interest them in SLR cameras. Hmmm.

4 comments:

Becky said...

I guess even Polar bear clubs draw the line at that kind of cold .I really appreciate your freezing you tush off to get those pictures. I will be looking tonight.The odds are at least as good as the lottery and it should be in the balmy 20s here. I've only seen them a couple of times, but it was memorable. I would not want to miss them!

Julia@PolkaDotGaloshes said...

WOW gorgeous! Its always been a dream of mine to see the lights person! Loving your blog, I was just introduced by a mutual friend. Looking forward to following your cold climate garden adventures! Cheers Julia

The Garden Ms. S said...

Specatular photos! Humbling to see such beauty in nature. :)

Larry said...

Beautiful shots, with the increase in sun flares this winter, it was a fantastic year for our Northern Lights. Of course it takes some crisp cold air for them to really show off.

They were visible all the way down to Regina this winter, but not as nice as your photographs of them.