So they weren’t kidding when they said that photographing the aurora is difficult. This is my first try, hopefully I will get another one day. Most or all of these are blurry from the wind and out of focus from inexperience but even still they are as Lt. William Hooper recalled, a “scene of sublime and awful magnificence.” These were taken in downtown Akureyri between two and three o’clock in the morning on the front steps of the Icelandair Hotel surrounded by new friends in pajamas and freezing arctic air, both blustering with excitement. They were rather difficult for me to see, more so than the others I suppose because I have a UV filter on my glasses that hadn’t occurred to me until just now, as well as because of all the city lights. Still, it was a magical experience glimpsing them out there and then watching them appear as if from nothing on my cameras preview screen.
Usually for this blog I carefully select a few favorite photos and write a quote or passage to accompany them (like this one in case you didn’t already read it), however I met so many new friends that either did not get to join us that morning out in the cold or weren’t able to get a picture so I am going to put all of my pictures up here so you can see them and share them with your friends and family. They get better toward the bottom as I start to get my bearings straight, haha get it, some bad arctic humor for you there.. bearings straight/ bering strait
If you were with me up in Akureyri leave a comment, say hello, tell us about your trip, post a link to your pictures, etc. I’d love to hear from you and read about your experience! 🙂
Some music to enjoy whilst you peruse-
The Northern Lights were wonderful. However often we see this weird play of light, we never tired of gazing at it; it seems to cast a spell over both sight and sense till it is impossible to tear oneself away.
Fridtjof Nansen, Farthest North