In search of the Northern Lights

Northern Lights

The aurora and clear sky.

I try to keep this blog related to my food and product photography but, I just have to make another exception. My last post was about my trip to Southern Africa. I just came back from another amazing journey. This time, I went on a vacation to see Northern Lights and now I have checked that from my bucket list as well.

This is my wife and I’s second attempt at seeing the Aurora Borealis. The first time was a drive around Iceland in October, 2009. Unfortunately, we had cloudy skies every night.

This time, my wife and I and a couple of friends took a cruise in Norway. Our first outing to see the Northern Lights was cancelled because our ship had to leave the port before it would have been dark enough.  Our second attempt, in Alta, Norway gave us a beautifully clear sky and freezing cold (0℉) temperatures, but no Aurora. (Fortunately, there were teepees with fires to provide a little warmth.

Northern Lights

Watching the slowly changing curtains for 2 hours.

Our third outing in Tromsø was finally a success. As soon as we got off the bus in a parking lot in the middle of nowhere, the aurora was visible.

The sky was perfectly clear and there was no moon. We were all thrilled (there were two bus loads of fellow cruisers.) We watched the lights as they slowly moved across the sky for 2 hours. We were cold. It must have been 10℉. After 2 hours, everyone was back on the bus for warmth. We asked if we can return to the ship early and the guide inquired. She said that we can but just not yet. She told us that she would go outside to watch the sky to see if there was a change and let us know if there was. About a minute or two later, she came on to the bus and told us that we had to get off to see what was happening.

Northern Lights

The sky lights up with dancing ribbons and curtains of green and pink.

The sky lit up with well defined curtains of green light with a bottom edge clearly in pink. (The exposure changed from 30 seconds to about 5 seconds). The light danced around the sky above us an we were in awe. The show lasted about 15 minutes. The guides told us it was the best display that they had ever seen. Check this one off the bucket list.Northern Lights

We enjoyed the beautiful scenery on the rest of the cruise as all the passengers and crew talked about that amazing night.

Norwegian inner passage

Long, beautiful sunsets.

Norwegian inner passage

Dramatic Skies

Crossing the arctic circle.

Crossing the arctic circle.

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About Jerry

I was a science teacher for 31 years. During that time I photographed wedding and Bar Mitzvahs for about 15 years but that was in the days before digital. Being a teacher, I had my summers free so I assisted food and commercial still life photographers in NYC for 3 summers and fell in love with it. Having a wife and a mortgage, it was not practical to give up a job in teaching and go into photography so I put off my dream of becoming a food photographer until I retired from teaching. Now I am living my dream - I am a food and product photographer servicing New York City, Philadelphia and all of New Jersey.
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1 Response to In search of the Northern Lights

  1. Great shots! I try to keep my explorations locally, and living in Norway isn’t half bad in that sense😉 Feel free to pop by my site for more images of a Norwegian nature!

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