Fall is my favourite time of year. It might be partly because we work seasonally and our slow time is coming up. But it has always been my favourite for the beautiful palette of colours and refreshing temperatures. I love cool nights and warm days.
This year as last I was caregiving two of our grandsons for a few days. Unlike last year, the weather this past week was grey and damp every day. I just had to pull up photos from our hike last year to enjoy again.
All my aurora apps were buzzing with notifications of potential aurora activity and the weather apps predicted clear skies, so I convinced my photo buddy, Mel, to join me for a late night stop at Sandbar Provincial Park. When we arrived an the landing, which conveniently extends directly north from the shore of Sandbar Lake, there was a hint of an arch of green glow on the distant horizon.
Eventually, some activity occurred along with additional colour. The purples aren’t visible to the naked eye; prolonged exposure seems to bring that out.
While we waited for something spectacular to happen, we tried our hand with some Milky Way shots form the skies behind us. Note: always take a look behind you every now and then while out on a shoot! I’ll share more about the Milky Way in a later post.
Since not much was changing in the northern skies and the band of Milky Way stars gradually moved behind the tree line, we decided to relocate for a better view of the southern sky.
While doing that the sky behind us brightened significantly (remember to always check behind you!) so we headed back to the landing.
What a show!!
The activity extended from the horizon to directly above our heads. It was difficult to know where to look or point the camera!
This image is a panorama I was able to have Photoshop construct with about a dozen portrait shots of the north sky.
Can you pick out the Big Dipper?
Was fortunate to enjoy a clear night out at The Cabin.
There were some serious challenges with my gear (actually the operator) and I wasn’t able to get the focus set properly; so much yet to learn.
But the lights of the Milky Way shone bright.
Summer is flying by! Hope that if you haven’t already spent time on or near a body of water, you will soon.
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