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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 03-29-2013, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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A Couple Photos;

[Edit] Since I first posted this I have added more photos in replies I made to the thread

Hello,

I always post pictures here in destinations and have decided to keep with the tradition.

I've spent the whole of our winter out at the cabin and along with accomplishing an incredible amount of work I took some pictures. Now that I'm home and breakup is but 3-4 weeks away I have some tying and gear organizing to do. Along with all that I'll be snooping around the Pages and posting a bit too.

March 17th at 3:00 Am and -14* I was out enjoying the night air and was treated to a wonderful display of the Aurora Borealis



After a significant wind event the lake was leveled out but left with an amazing array of drifted designs on its surface. I could have spent hours marveling over the many neat mini drifts.




I will however confess that I'm a sucker for the Ariel displays, I just wish they would occur when it is warmer.




Regarding fishing................ I did receive a new Hardy Marksman II in a 13' 7/8 weight last year that I'm itching to cast

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Lovely shots there Ard, the first one is a stunner.
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Are the northern lights visible every night that it is clear?
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Stunning photos!
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Hey Guys

You are too kind, someday when I find a deal on an f-1.8 lens I'll clean up on the night lights.

Answering the question about frequency of such displays; there is some activity at the north pole almost every night. Down here (south of the Artic Circle) the best chances come between late August and early April. I went to the cabin on December 23 and stayed until this past Wednesday afternoon. During that stretch of time on clear nights there were a few faint glows on the northern horizon but no active displays.

I learned by checking my Geophysical web mail when I got home that there was a major burst of solar activity on March 17th. It was that early morning that I saw the brightness overhead when I got up to put wood on the fire at about 2:00 AM. Although I spotted the activity at 2:00 it took me a little while to determine that it was worth getting dressed for -14 degree weather and then driving a snowmachine for a mile through the woods to reach the big flats between the cabin and the upper Yetna River. I was fortunate that the show lasted until 4:00 Am and was able to enjoy it in spite of the cold fingers.

You can use this link to visit the Geophysical site at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. From the site you can learn a little about Auroral activities.

http://www.gi.alaska.edu/

Thanks again for your kind comments,

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Way cool, Ard, way cool.
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Since they seem popular, here's one taken through my Sigma 50 mm f-2.8 lens.



The faster lens produced much more lighting in the shot but I believe my focus was off a tad. I shoot these manual including the focus and with the numbing fingers and occasional failure to check the focus to see if I'm just this side of infinity accidents happen

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Woozer!

Probably close to 60 years since I've seen The Northern Lights in person (Manitoba and BC). Something you just never forget; burned into your brain especially if you know how they got there in the first place.

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Fantastic shots Ard! Sounds like quite an amazing place you live in, I'd be envious but I'm not quite sure I could stand a winter that long. Thanks for sharing a little piece of it with those of us with a bit thinner skin and blood
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Simply stunning! Thanks for giving us an insight into your wonderful part of the world.

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Thanks, Ard!

You went to your cabin for the cold part of winter?
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Hi Stumpy,

It's been cold since September actually December and January were way too warm. Warm is not good when you are 74 miles off road with a snowmachine and must travel a lake, 6 miles of swamp, and 67 miles of river trails to reach the road. I don't mind the cold so much as the wind.

Thanks to everyone for the comments, I'll come post a couple more pictures to the top of the thread tomorrow OK?

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Great pictures Ard. I am getting excited about seeing your part of the country this summer.

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