It's been a few years since I've seen the Northern Lights and even longer since I've chased them. It takes me a few days to recover from the lack of sleep...and Lord knows, I LOVE my sleep!
A few weeks ago, I happened to catch data on the Aurora. See, I belong to a few groups on Facebook that really help with understanding the data related and when it's best to get prepared. The techies in the group call this "Pants On"...meaning get ready, get out of those jammies and get the gear prepped and loaded! Sooo, with no serious plans for the following day (that whole lack of sleep thing) and no real plan as to where to set up, I chatted with a friend and we got ready to get out there.
NOTHING prepared me for what came next. As I travelled down the highway to our meet up spot, the green from the lights was so strong that they danced in front of car while I zipped down the road. I may have quickly called my husband and told him to get outside; they were dancing up a storm and very visible to the human eye.
Many people comment about the Aurora and what they see versus what photographers post with their images. Our eyes just can't always see the full spectrum of colours, especially if it's a weaker storm. Well, this was definitely stronger; greens and reds were visible without the use of a camera!
Our meeting place was just off the highway, with plenty of traffic and plenty of headlights. We stayed for a bit because it was so darn beautiful, then left for a bit more rural setting and a little less light.
All in all, this night reignited that fire. I'm ready, willing and eager to get back out under those stars and chase whatever Mother Nature chooses to throw my way. And, I'll be a tad more prepared with a pretty location to boot.
Any questions, feel free to ask.
Let's go back a bit...to 2020.
That Pandemic! We're all tired of hearing about it but bear with me, I've seen some good come from it. Especially in me personally.
I made it through 2020 pretty much unscathed. I focused on spending as much time as possible outside and I was part of a great cohort, we took such great care of each other.
When 2021 came around though, I was tired. I just wanted to just be...go about my day, no worries. It was around this time that I started to notice the bird life in my back yard. I had lived in this same house for over 20 yrs and had never really paid attention! But it was there and it took a pandemic for me to see it.
This is when I started creating "Out My Back Door".
What started as something to get me through the winter, has now blown up into a full fledged project...one that I have continued with to this day. I've expanded my back yard to include my RV lot where I spend my summers and my new home since moving this past summer.
I have hundreds of images, some of species of birds that I have never seen before!
My plan is to continue (it brings me so much joy!) and eventually make a book with the images...and words.
Not sure if those words will be stories or facts or a mixture of the two but no worries, I have plenty of time to figure that out :)