The lights were faint at first, but by 11:30 pm, they began to dance quickly back and forth across the sky. Long streamers across the sky at one point collided with the light of the moon. By 12:30 am that morning, they began to fade away, and by 1 am, they were all but gone, just the faintest hint of light in the sky. But the speculative drive proved out. We had won the throw against the clouds. Our gamble won.
The following day we headed to the Museum of the North to watch the Dynamic Aurora, and then our to Birch Lake Cabins. We set up our camera on the shore of Birch Lake and then headed over to the cabin for some coffee and a snack. Finally, after a long wait, the lights began to show up in the northern sky. We all rushed out to shoot and started making images from the shoreline. After enjoying the reflections from the shore close to the cabin, the group decided to head over to a new vantage point, this one pointing directly north. The new area paid off big! With our wide-angle lenses, we could get the lights stretching across the sky and reflecting in the lake. With beautiful fringes of violet, these heavenly garlands swirled and twirled, creating spirals in the sky! Another success.
Our final outing the following evening was unfortunately similar to the last evening with the previous group. The clouds covered the sky for miles around, but unlike our first night with this group, there was no hole, no escape; the sky did not clear. So after a few Hail Marys and hours in the van, we called it and headed to our hotel. Once again, we had two great evenings photographing the northern lights.