A Foggy Display

September 30, 2002
Photographs taken between 4:40 and 5:00 a.m.

This was new for me.  A northern lights show with dense fog.  I creeped out to the farm (definitely way under the speed limit - it seemed like it took forever to get there), and when I arrived and stepped out of the vehicle, I was surrounded by fog.  It was so dense that I could not see any lights on the horizon.  The moon was shining bright, high in the eastern sky.  I could see stars in every direction.  And there, shining bright in the north-northwest sky - above the dense fog - was the northern lights.  I took a number of photographs before the show disappeared just after 5 a.m.  By the time I was done, my tripod was soaking wet, my camera was wet, and I think I had moisture on my camera lens - you can see spots on every picture.  Anyway, it was kind of an eerie morning, with the coyotes howling, the moon, and the hemmed in feeling of dense fog all around me.  Still, it was way better than driving out and doing the same - say on January 30 when the temperature could easily be -20 degrees F. with a stiff northwest wind.  Yikes!

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