Raining Auroras.

The weekend of May 28-29, 2011 provided a fantastic display of the Aurora Borealis!  I took off Friday evening and headed NE from Edmonton.  It wasn’t long before I began seeing and smelling smoke for the Slave Lake / Fort McMurry forest fires.  The wind was from the NE so I decided the only way I was going to find clearer, smoke free skies was to head east.  Ironically I ended up around the town of Smokey Lake, which wasn’t smokey at all, just a bit cloudy.

On the edge of the clouds the Aurora was very diffused.

These where just a few test shots to get a better idea as to what was going on with the cloud/smoke/aurora. This shot has kind of an “Aurora pipe”.

About 20 minutes from the above location the Aurora began to dance!

The sky just filled with green at this point.

Then it began to rain light!

It was beautiful!


Here is an overhead shot. Looking straight up.Many columns of light.

The overhead sky began to pulse furiously. I setup a timelapse session and let the camera do all the work.

This show carried on for an hour or so then the sun began to effect the darkness.

The moon also made an appearance in the soft light of morning.

Here is the last photo from this set. An abandoned farm being look upon by the moon.

Thanks for stopping in.  I hope you enjoyed the show as much as I did.


Sherry - Always so much fun to view your photos. I rec’d notice of substantial geomagnetic activity ending today. Perhaps you’ll be posting some spectacular new images…

Sherry - Whew! Those overhead shots. “Raining light” is a perfect description. Somehow it makes me think of the last book of the CS Lewis “Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” series- Father Time calls the stars down from the skies and into the sea. Thankfully the aurora are just a beautiful “show” and not the end of the world! Once more, many thanks for the visual treats.

Garry - Thanks for sharing these amazing photos Zoltan! 😀

Sam - These are really amazing. Thanks so much 🙂

Zoltan - Thanks Lorrie!

Lorrie - Thank you for sharing! These shots are so amazing 🙂

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