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Northern Lights Dance and Dazzle in Northern Ontario
Mike Grandmaison, October 16, 2014 at 8:32 PM

On Tuesday night, my friend Peter and I witnessed an awesome display of northern lights on the shore of Klotz Lake in northern Ontario. We left Sudbury in a light rain around 10 AM and drove north to Kapuskasing. It rained most of the day, at times very heavy. We finally drove out of the rain near Hearst and proceeded westward, driving through a beautiful sunset, passing by tree after tree with absolutely no opportunity to make a nice photograph. Disappointed, we eventually reached Klotz Lake, about a half hour east of Longlac where we made a few images of the last light around 7 PM.

 

We decided to camp out at Klotz Lake and be ready for a potentially nice sunrise the following day. As night fell, we noticed the milky way and made a few compositions. At the same time I  received a text alert from Soft Serve News that northern lights might appear around 9 PM. We had received an earlier text alert stating that northern lights were at 'storm level' around 6 PM but, unfortunately, it was still daylight so we could not see them then. As 9 PM approached, we began to notice a green color tinge in the background of images so we suspected that we just might see auroras tonight. As predicted, the northern lights did appear and danced brilliantly for about 5 minutes, returning a few more times in the next couple of hours but much less brilliant. I made a few compositions with a wide angle lens and then shifted to a 16mm fisheye lens to capture the auroras reflecting in Klotz Lake. What a show! It had been a while since we witnessed such an amazing display!