If you recall (and if you don’t, you can read one of my early blogs) I spent some time during Winfly looking for Auroras. When most people that I know think of auroras, they think of two things. 1, they think of Sleeping Beauty (you know, Princess Aurora), or the aurora borealis, the Northern Lights. Well, being located where I am, we have the the Southern lights, the Aurora Australis. Now that we are in winter, I find myself checking the sky frequently for auroras.
I HAVE FINALLY SEEN THEM!!!
The first time I saw an aurora, I didn’t have my camera with me. I was walking home from the bar and was stopped by an inebriated individual who was staring up at the sky. I stopped to talk to him and check to make sure that he was ok when he pointed at the sky and said “Hey, I think that’s an aurora”. It was a very faint streak through the sky and honestly I couldn’t tell if it was a smudge on my glasses or if something was actually there, until it disappeared. After that though, I have been constantly on the watch for the lights.
A few days ago, I walked out the back door of my building to head to work and glanced at the sky. I was rewarded with several minutes of auroral (if that’s actually a word), action. And luckily, I had my camera! According to everything I’ve read, the aurora action this year is supposed to be rather intense, so I’m looking forward to more opportunities to witness these amazing phenomenons. I’m sorry that the pictures are kind of blurry, I didn’t have my tripod on me and in order to take a decent picture of an aurora, you have to shoot using a very slow shutter speed. But, enjoy!