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.