I honestly thought it had to be freezing cold in order to see Northern Lights. Apparently not, as the recent show in the hot and sunny Okanagan was spectacular – what a setting for my first viewing! You can sign up for alert emails on Aurora Watch and I was quite excited to get one at 7 pm (they often come in the middle of the night) so that I could see them after the sun set.
The camera picks up more colour than the naked eye as the green on the left looked like clouds lit by the city lights. I was pretty excited to see the colour when I looked at the back of the camera.
It started out fairly slowly, but around 12:30 am, more waves and bits of purple started appearing. My partner was trying to go to sleep but got drawn out onto the deck by my oohs and ahs.
All of a sudden, the light formed a huge arch – I’ve never seen anything quite like that.
And then the show really began, with dancing green, purple and faint pink streams. It was mesmerising!
Sadly, I think my partner or I was walking on our not-too-sturdy deck and blurred the picture a bit, but I love the shape of these. Shortly after, it seemed like some of the lights were right above us.
It lasted at least an hour and a half, but even when it started to dissipate, the show was still beautiful. I was surprised I could take a panorama, as these are 30-second exposures, but I thought I would try.
We got to bed around 2 am and were a little sleepy the next day, but it was so worth it!
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