Tuesday, March 17

March 11, 2009

Our last full night in Alaska meant our last chance for an aurora sighting. Predictions of activity were high, but the weather was poor. We decided to push the odds in our favor by going on an aurora tour that took us high into the mountains and away from any distracting city lights. Heavy military surplus pants, parkas, and boots neutralized the danger of being deterred by cold. Our plan worked -- in the early morning hours, a small, green band of the northern lights broke through the haze of clouds on the horizon! The long exposure setting enhanced what our eyes could only dimly see. The mission was a success, but the thirst for a more dramatic display lingers. Next year, maybe Norway ...

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