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Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:25 PM

My photos of last night's aurora borealis

I realize this isn't political and can't start an argument, but I thought you all might appreciate my first attempts at shooting the Northern Lights (and not hurting them) last night.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:26 PM

1. Wonderful!

 

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Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:26 PM

2. way cool

 

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:27 PM

3. Wow.

Awe-inspiring

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:27 PM

4. Love these!

Thanks for posting them.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:28 PM

5. Beautiful!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:28 PM

6. Magical!!

Stunning!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:28 PM

7. Beautiful!

I love them all but especially number 6.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:29 PM

8. where did you take these photos?

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Response to mimitabby (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:36 PM

22. I took them outside of Chugiak, Alaska.

Near Birchwood Camp. This is about 15 miles northeast of Anchorage.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #22)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:59 AM

106. ours were white, blue. Soooo beautiful. You are soooo good at this. Your pictures are always off the

scale. How cold was it there? We were below zero and I watched them from my porch. THe were white curtains with gold edges.

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Response to roguevalley (Reply #106)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 08:02 PM

146. It was pretty cold, probably around zero.

But I was having so much fun I didn't even notice until my fingers almost stuck to my tripod when I was taking it down. It was just an incredible glorious night. We're going down along Turnagain Arm tonight to see if we can get lucky again, although the forecast is only "moderate" today. It's worth a shot.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #146)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 09:00 PM

148. NICE work! Thank you so much for sharing these!

My boys are on tour - all the way up in Boise tonight. That's as far north as they get, after Portland last night. I told them to look to the north in case they might be able to get a glimpse.

These displays are just spectacular! One can only imagine how it was to stand underneath 'em! Beautiful shots, Blue_In_AK!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:29 PM

9. huge big thumbs up!

Great job!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:29 PM

10. Amazing!

Thanks so much for sharing these.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:29 PM

11. Another flare went off today, will be here Sunday night.

Please take more photos!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:30 PM

12. very cool -- thanks for sharing!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:30 PM

13. So completely awesome!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:30 PM

14. Absolutely beautiful

Thanks

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:31 PM

15. Gorgeous, thanks for posting.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:32 PM

16. does it move?

My question is, can you see it moving and if it does move about how fast?

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Response to warrior1 (Reply #16)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:39 PM

25. Yes, they dance all across the sky,

and are much too large to capture with my 17-40 lens. Some of these arched all the way across from horizon to horizon. They constantly move and shift shape. These are long exposures, about 20 seconds.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #25)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:55 PM

36. How fast do they move? I've always wondered.

Do some move fast and others slow?

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Response to tridim (Reply #36)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:59 PM

37. They just kind of wave,

not too fast, not too slow. Sometimes they just appear suddenly and then move like a curtain in a soft breeze. It's really a phenomenal sight, and last night was some of the best I've seen in my 37 years up here. I just kept shouting oh, wow, oh, wow, for the entire time we were out there.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #37)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 08:03 PM

72. Great pictures.

I really miss when I lived up north (far north BC and Alberta) how the lights would fill the entire sky, even overhead and to the south. And the red/pink/purple is amazing IRL. I'm a bit further south now but we still get them here - they are not quite as spectacular, however. They are just more like a wave of green ribbon in the north sky. Your pictures are REALLY good, as the lights are very difficult to capture on film. Mind if I ask your settings?

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Response to laundry_queen (Reply #72)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 08:11 PM

74. Digital, not film, in this case.

ISO 400, white balance set to daylight, P mode, exposure right in the middle, 17 mm (I used the 17-40 f/4.0 lens. I figured I was safe with a slower lens since the moon was so bright, and I really wanted the wide angle). I set my focus to infinity while I could still see something to focus on and then used manual. Let's see, I think that about covers it. Tripod, of course. The exposures were 20-25 seconds generally.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #74)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:53 AM

105. Thanks so much! that's very helpful.

My last attempt didn't work out so well, but that was when I was just starting to understand photography, and I haven't had any more chances now that I'm not up north.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:32 PM

17. Awesome!

Thanks for posting these. Great job .

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:32 PM

18. Brilliant! TY :) nt.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:33 PM

19. Beautiful!

Thank you!

The house looks so cozy!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:34 PM

20. Stunning!

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Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:35 PM

21. Fantasmagorical!!!

 

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:37 PM

23. So beautiful, you don't see the reds in Anchorage very often.

I hope you have a clear night and get more pictures. These photos make me homesick.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Reply #23)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:40 PM

26. We were out in Chugiak off Birchwood Loop

I was surprised at the reds, too. And that deep indigo blue which you really couldn't see with the naked eye.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:38 PM

24. Incredible.

Isn't nature amazing?

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:40 PM

27. You really did it, and with a vengeance! Those are beautiful

 

I'm cross-posting my reply from the Photography Forum, because Blue_In_AK deserves huge accolades for capturing images like these. I've been a photographer for a pretty long time now, and my jaw is still on the floor.
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Most mortals don't get to see such a display of light created by nature. Truly, you took beautiful pictures.

You shoot with a 5DMkII, right? What did you do to get the shots? Did you set exposure compensation down to get the shots? How long were you keeping the shutter open? I'll paste your answer in Evernote so that one day, years from now, I can look it up again when I'm preparing for my trip north.

I'll bet I have a pretty good idea of how you felt when you looked at your LCD and histogram after each shot. You start to get a quiet satisfaction that indicates you are very much In The Zone. I could go on, but I'll stop now. So very impressive.

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Response to DisgustipatedinCA (Reply #27)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:43 PM

31. I'll respond to the technicalities in the Photo Group

Thanks so much for your kind comments. Yes, I was dazzled and very pleased with the results, especially since I did very minimal post-processing. They looked great right out of the camera. I had shot them in RAW+JPeg, but I really didn't need to do any RAW adjustments. If we go out tonight, I think I'll just take JPGs so I don't have to wait so long between shots.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:41 PM

28. Terrific photos!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:41 PM

29. Beautiful! nt

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:43 PM

30. Absolutely gorgeous!



Thanks for sharing.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:44 PM

32. Photos are the only chance I will have to see the Arora

Living where the sun don't shine (Cleveland), it is highly unlikely that we will ever see it from here.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:47 PM

33. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:48 PM

34. Very Nice! could you hear them?




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Response to Agony (Reply #34)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:01 PM

38. Not this time,

although I have in the past. They kind of hiss or crackle very faintly.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #38)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:52 PM

71. Ha HA! it's all in your head, Blue!

my head too... having enjoyed listening to the AB many times

Cheers! mush on!


for those who have no idea what we are talking about
http://www2.gi.alaska.edu/ScienceForum/ASF6/698.html

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Response to Agony (Reply #71)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 08:16 PM

75. Yeah, well, I know what I heard.

F*** a bunch of scientists, right?

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #75)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 09:43 PM

85. HEy! don't stand in the yellow snow while you are listening to the aurora!

Geophysicists... even!

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Response to Agony (Reply #85)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 01:00 AM

107. I have heard them too. They make a sound that is soft and low. I really have heard them when its

cold enough.

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Response to roguevalley (Reply #107)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 08:28 AM

127. Yup. Mostly a BIG thanks to Blue_n_AK for sharing!!!! Go Blue!

always a hiss or swishh or swoooosh for me... never heard a crackle that people describe. they are closer when it is colder.

psychoacoustics? maybe... maybe not...

Cheers!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 04:54 PM

35. I was out looking for the aurora last night even though I knew they wouldn't reach this latitude.

Great pics!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:05 PM

39. Beautiful! Simply beautiful.



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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:08 PM

40. GREAT WORK! Beautiful!

Must have been SOOOO exciting!

And you got the Full Moon too!!!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:11 PM

41. Absolutely beautiful

I've seen the northen lights a couple times here in WI but nothing like this. I keep hoping before I die that I get to see them again.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:16 PM

42. Thank you for showing the pictures. BEAUTIFUL

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Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:18 PM

43. Awesome! TY. k&r

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Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:22 PM

44. Thank you

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:26 PM

45. Beautiful just Beautiful!! Thanks for posting these photos.

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Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:30 PM

46. Outstanding. Really well done.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:30 PM

47. Wow!

Those are stunningly beautiful!

Thanks.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:35 PM

48. Thank you

Those are absolutely beautiful - thanks for sharing with those of us that didn't get the light show.

I am impressed by your photography also!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:36 PM

49. You did an amazing job taking those photos!

What an incredible light show.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:37 PM

50. OMG!! So beautiful.

I hope I see that in person someday. You're so lucky. Thanks for posting.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:50 PM

51. Amazing, thank you for sharing

You took some amazing photos of some amazing phenomenon.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 05:57 PM

52. Wow!

Thanks for sharing.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 06:01 PM

53. Love the pictures

That is a challenge to capture that in photos - you are talented, indeed. I am an artist and the pictures would be a beautiful subject for a painting. Keep up the good work!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 06:05 PM

54. ahhh

thank you for sharing... these are wonderful!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 06:16 PM

55. Beautiful

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 06:21 PM

56. Omg - that is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen - seriously - you are lucky to be able

to enjoy that!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 06:25 PM

57. Wow! Beautiful! k&r

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:05 PM

58. Most Excellent !!! - K & R !!!

 






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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:06 PM

59. these are beautiful

and I am glad you got to take these and more so see them. Hope you get some more too. (Greedy here. lol) I really like the last couple, including the distortion of the trees. Makes them look like they are reaching for the center of the lights.







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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:07 PM

60. made one as my screen saver. Thanks!

 

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:15 PM

61. Wow! Beautiful.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:16 PM

62. THAT IS SO FUCKING COOL!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I can't wait until I can see Aurora Borealis some day!!!!!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:17 PM

63. "I realize this isn't political and can't start an argument"...

 

Wanna bet? Seriously, great pics. I must get to Alaska one day to see this.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:23 PM

64. Thank you, Blue! Wonderful work!

I got up three times last night to try and watch them; we had them down here in wa, too, but pesky clouds were mostly in the way. Glowing clouds, with colors peeking thru.

I sure appreciate your pics...thank you so much for sharing!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:23 PM

65. These pics take my breath away

Last edited Sat Mar 10, 2012, 02:25 AM - Edit history (1)

You are such an amazing photographer and your talents never failed to be awe inspiring.

Do you own a video camera?

It would be really wonderful to see the aurora in real time. However, I think stringing together stills would also work.

Does your camera do time lapse?

I've seen quite a few time lapsed pics edited together that really get my attention and make me take notice. As a video editor I would love to do something like that.

Blue_In_AK you deserve a

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:24 PM

66. Those are beautiful!

I love #4 but all of them are spectacular.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:25 PM

67. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

 

so gorgeous.

beautiful shots.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:26 PM

68. These are stunning and wonderful, my dear Blue!

You did a wonderful job!

Thank you for sharing these...

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:46 PM

69. Probably the best photos I've seen a long, damn time.

 

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 07:50 PM

70. K&R

 

While picking up my jaw off the floor.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 08:04 PM

73. Excellent

ta for posting.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 08:36 PM

76. Beautiful!...I like them almost as much

as an argument!

Kudos to you for that sly observation about DU

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 08:36 PM

77. Wow

Your photos are beautiful. If you had not written they were a first attempt I would not have known.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 08:37 PM

78. Simply beautiful!

What a wonderful landscape in which you live.

Thank you for sharing the beauty of nature with us.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 08:45 PM

79. WOW

 

Just....WOW.... I cann understand why Native people believed these were spirits. In my opinion they were corrrect in doing so. Thanks for posting these so much!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 09:00 PM

80. Stunningly beautiful!

Thank you so much for sharing! Not only do you live in a beautiful area, your photos are magnificent and I'm envious of what you were able to witness.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 09:01 PM

81. Gorgeous! Thanks for posting! nt

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 09:29 PM

82. All of what everyone else said...K&R

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 09:37 PM

83. Wow!

 



--imm

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 09:41 PM

84. So amazing

Wow!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 09:46 PM

86. Ooooooooh awwwwweeeeeeee

These are amazing

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 10:25 PM

87. Wow, brings back memories.

Good work.

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Response to Hissyspit (Reply #87)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 10:30 PM

88. You would have loved to have seen these, Hissy.

It's probably the best display this close to Anchorage I've seen since I've been here.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #88)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 05:29 AM

120. That says a lot. I know sometimes it was best to not look at them in the center of your field of

vision, but kind of off to the side. The brighter and longer lasting they were the easier it was to look straight at them.

And of course still photography never gives the sense of the movement of the waves and shift and flux of the colors.

I don't remember seeing any quite that intense or large before.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 10:33 PM

89. W-w-wow!!!

Those are some amazing photographs! Thanks for sharing them with us!!

K&R

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 10:33 PM

90. Beautiful. I have missed your photos.

The solar flares are making such a lovely show.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 10:39 PM

91. Stunning photos! Thanks for posting them!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 10:43 PM

92. Gorgeous. thanks for sharing - does the light change rapidly or slowly?

someday I hope to see that with my own eyes.

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Response to Beaverhausen (Reply #92)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 10:52 PM

93. It's relatively fast.

I kind of compare it to curtains blowing in a very gentle breeze. These are 20-25 second exposures, but they look pretty much like they did as I was looking at them. One difference is that the camera lens at that extended exposure time picked up more of the reds. You could see the red with the naked eye, but not to this extent. I was pleasantly surprised to see that color show up so bright. It's kind of unusual to get this multi-colored effect.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #93)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:50 AM

104. thanks- and is that the moon in the 4th photo?

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Response to Beaverhausen (Reply #104)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 03:55 AM

113. Yes, it's the moon.

The m,oon is also in the photo with the tall trees. I just used the tree trunk to block the light so the aurora would show up better.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Fri Mar 9, 2012, 11:02 PM

94. Those photos are fantastic.

You did a wonderful job and you're truly lucky to have been able to see them! Hopefully I'll be able to see them one day.

Thank you so much for sharing!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:00 AM

95. Thank you

 

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:05 AM

96. Just gorgeous!

I especially like the 6th picture that includes the cabin with the lit windows.

Breathtakingly beautiful!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:09 AM

97. Fabulous! And you can see it when the sun is shining??

I didn't know that...

I live in South Texas, BTW so pardon my ignorance please.

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Response to Gman (Reply #97)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 03:58 AM

114. It's the moon, not the sun.

It was very, very bright out there, plus it looks lighter because of the long exposure.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:10 AM

98. Beautiful pictures!!! n/t

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:12 AM

99. Holy shit.

Wow.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:22 AM

100. Fantastic!

Good job photographing these.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:22 AM

101. Really neat! thanks for sharing them.

I need a Kp index of at least 8 to see them here, and it only got to 7 last night, with a moon bright enough to read by.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:24 AM

102. I think they're great

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:48 AM

103. OMG, Blue!

Those are amazing!

You have just convinced me that I need to visit you in the winter.


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Response to intheflow (Reply #103)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 04:00 AM

116. You know you're always welcome any time of the year, dear. :)

I trust we'll be able to visit you when we're down in Aurora the end of June, first part of July? It's Heather's 40th birthday bash.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #116)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 02:28 PM

134. Yeah, that would be great!

You can meet my new squeeze!

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Response to intheflow (Reply #134)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 02:56 PM

139. We're really looking forward to that.

Heather and Robby just bought a house in Littleton, and they'll be moving in the first of June. Is that closer to you? Sebastian will go to Columbine High. ! (Not right away, of course. )

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 01:13 AM

108. I'm speechless except for so happy for your success. n/t

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 01:18 AM

109. Beautiful green leprechaun dusting for the upcoming St. Patricks day celebration.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 01:26 AM

110. WOW! ... Simply WOW!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 01:38 AM

111. thanks

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 01:58 AM

112. Was hoping for a tiny bit of a glimpse in Seattle

No such luck. So glad you posted these photos!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 03:59 AM

115. Wonderful! Thanks.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 04:34 AM

117. Wow! Those are incredible!

Not only beautiful, but so very well done!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 04:49 AM

118. Beautiful.

 

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 05:00 AM

119. Wow! Amazing!

I have to pile on with everyone else...these are beautiful pictures! My sister lived in Anchorage and I have to show these to her. She loved living there and always mentioned the "Northern Lights". Thank-you for sharing these!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 06:04 AM

121. Wow. Those pictures are gorgeous!

Thank you!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 06:17 AM

122. Stunning! You really did them justice.

I am so jealous!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 06:26 AM

123. Overwhelming. You are so kind to share these images. Can't even imagine that experience.

You'll have to experience it for all of us!

Thank you, so much.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 08:20 AM

124. k&R - nt

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 08:22 AM

125. Too cool, beautiful pics

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 08:25 AM

126. Outstandingn picture!

Thanks for sharing!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 10:30 AM

128. WOW

I don't know if I would get any sleep if the nights were like this.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 10:55 AM

129. I always imagine those sorts of pictures accompanied by some big, booming orchestral music.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 11:15 AM

130. Beautiful!

I would love to see these in person someday!
Great shots!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:06 PM

131. Beautiful!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 12:20 PM

132. Wow

stunning!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 01:21 PM

133. Beautiful and thought provoking. Just bookmarked your link, too. You're great at this.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 02:38 PM

135. Well, now, Blue_In_AK, those wonderful pictures bring back some great memories.

I've got to give you an emphatic and heartfelt "thanks". I've known of the Northern Lights since I was a kid. But, being a native Texan, I had no real concept of them nor any hope of ever viewing them. Then, in the 1970's, an surveyor here in East Texas talked me into a trip with him up to Fairbanks to get a "feel" for the job market during those days when Alaskan bumper stickers stated "Happiness is seeing 10,000 Okies going home ~ carrying a Texan under each arm".

Then, one night in August, I believe it was, I was walking down a Fairbanks street and even the street lights didn't keep me from seeing that amazing natural light show. The sight froze me in mid stride then and remains firmly embedded in my memory these forty-plus years later.

A couple of nights later, I stayed at a motel some five miles out of Fairbanks and came down for a cup of coffee in the early morning. Now, two things I had noticed about those good Alaska folks: One, many of the barkeeps were women; and, two, all of them liked to poke fun at Texans. And this good barkeep/waitress was no exception. When she asked, "What'll you have?", I answered without thought to my Texas twang, "I reckon I'll just have a cup of coffee, ma'am". Well, of course, that elicited the next question from her, "Where you from?". "The South", says I. But that answer wouldn't do. Her next question was, "What part?". I mumbled, "Texas", so quietly as I could since the place already had a goodly crowd of working men who had turned an attentive ear to the interrogatory. I knew what was coming next: "We're gonna divide Alaska up into five states so Texas will be the sixth largest". That declaration elicited several snickers and a few laughs from the listeners.

Then, she seemingly wanted to make amends for the jibe by asking me if I had seen the light show during the night. I told her that I hadn't. She didn't accept that reply and stated, "You know, the Borealis". I reiterated that I had stayed in my room and hadn't seen the lights. Certain that a Texan wouldn't have the foggiest notion of what she was taking about, she coached me one last time with, "The Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights!"

Well, my friend, we Texans aren't particularly known for timidity and are known, rightfully, I suspect, for running our mouths loudly when remaining quiet would be the better course of action. In a voice calculated to be heard along a major portion of the bar, I informed the instructor in my finest drawl, "Ma'am, there ain't a kid in Texas over the age of five that doesn't know about the Northern Lights. In fact, it was a Texas electrician that wired the damn thing!"

I guess that the roar of laughter around the bar covered up my request for more coffee, 'cause I didn't get another solitary drop. I'm very much obliged to you for "knockin' the dust" off a valued memory.

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Response to jamesatemple (Reply #135)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 02:42 PM

137. You have me howling with laughter here

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Response to jamesatemple (Reply #135)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 03:03 PM

141. That's a very, very funny story,

and one I can completely relate to. My husband is a Texan, by the way. We first went together in high school back in the early '60s when we both lived in Pasadena/South Houston. We broke up in 1963 but reunited in 2000 and rekindled the romance. He was still living in Texas, and I had been in Alaska since 1975. I told him that if he wanted to be with me, he'd have to come here because I SURE wasn't moving back down there. No offense, but after you've lived up here for as long as I have, Texas looks awfully flat and feels too damn hot. ... As you can see, I'm still in Alaska, and now so is he.

Fairbanks and Anchorage were like the wild west back in the '70s with the pipeline boom. I'm glad you got to experience those halcyon days.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 02:40 PM

136. So beautiful, so jealous. nt

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 02:48 PM

138. Lovely. Thank you for posting. n/t

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 03:00 PM

140. Absolutely amazing--and perfect for the wide audience this forum enjoys.

How many of us will never have a chance to see this in person--thank you so much for showing it to us via your pictures.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 04:02 PM

142. Gorgeous!!

Thanks for posting your amazing pics!!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 04:11 PM

143. !!!!

will post more if i can later....

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 06:23 PM

144. Very cool.

 

I've never seen it in person.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 07:34 PM

145. Wow!!

Thank you.

Some thinks you can see from your front porch in Alaska are pretty neat.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 08:54 PM

147. I was flying from the states to Europe and saw the aurora borealis

and this is exactly how they looked that night. I couldn't stop watching it. Thank you, thank you for reminding me what it was like. awesome!

wow.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 09:11 PM

149. ..

 

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sat Mar 10, 2012, 09:44 PM

150. Beautiful! Keep 'em coming!

Thanks so much for posting. I wish I could see it in person!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 08:13 AM

151. Awesome.

 

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 09:24 AM

152. Shiney!

 

Given the current solar storms, you should have good lights for a few nights. Alas that I currently live too far south to see this stuff right now...

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 09:27 AM

153. Really awsome Blue!

 

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 11:09 AM

154. Rainbows at Night....Simply amazingly beautiful....

I know you envy the nice warm weather we have here in ole California - but I envy that you get to see that....

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 02:32 PM

155. These are amazing - thanks for sharing! nt

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 03:56 PM

156. Stunning! nt

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 05:08 PM

157. Thank you for a daily dose of beautiful!

What an unexpected pleasure! Amazing photos!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 05:46 PM

158. Probably related to this: a mysterious explosion . . .


. . . caught on a newscast in Phoenix.

http://goo.gl/iAWil #not_a_ufo

But nothing went boom. I think it was a borealis effect that far south. Of course, I have no proof of that. Unless UFOs explode quietly (with a technology that Bullwinkle called "Hushaboom," no doubt). There's nothing I know of that could have done that.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 09:48 PM

159. Spam deleted by Morning Dew (MIR Team)

 

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 12:32 AM

160. these are fabulous! Where is the location?

 

I went on a 10 day performance tour in the Kenai Peninsula some years ago.. In fact it was back late March and April in 99..

Never got to see the northern lights, but I was amazed with the unusual colors and hues of the sky, glaciers, and general environment. it was an awesome experience.. love to go back up.

I even dig the state flag, I'm not much of a"flag" worshiper, but Alaska is different.

These photos are beautiful thanks for sharing here...

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 10:25 AM

161. I saw them once nearly 30 years ago and have been pining to see them again ever since.



One of the downsides to living below the Mason-Dixon line is forgoing such beautiful events.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 01:22 PM

162. Astonishly gorgeous!

It is one of the biggest unfulfilled dreams of my life to see the Notrthern Lights, but don't know if it will ever happen. Can I ask how often do they appear-- on average? So glad you got to experience this wonder, and share it with us!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2012, 01:29 PM

163. Borealis comes in view...

 

Aurora comes in view...And I ran...I ran so far away...

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Tue Mar 13, 2012, 11:15 PM

164. kick

 

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 12:34 AM

165. Wow, just wow.

Thank you so much for posting these - amazing photography! Sometimes even here we need to stop arguing politics and just look at something beautiful. We live in an amazing world.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 08:59 PM

166. Congratulations!

Probably the only thread every posyed at DU that people are unanimous on ....fantastic pics! We see the AB very occasionally up here in Maine..but nothing like this.

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