November 7, 2014
'Dance Of The Northern Lights' - Manitoba Series (Notecard and Photographic Print)
The northern lights or Aurora borealis, are amongst the most interesting celestial phenomena to witness. During large solar explosions and flares, great quantities of solar particles are emitted from the sun. When these plasma clouds finally reach the earth and collide with the atmospheric gases encountered from the earth’s atmosphere, the energy released from these collisions is emitted as light particles that we see as the northern lights.
Generally, the displays of the northern lights are green, but sometimes the resulting light show is blue/violet or red. Auroras not only vary in color, but also in duration, intensity and shape, everything from an arc, band, veil, curtain and corona. Auroras are often seen near midnight but can occur anytime.
Notecards retail for $ 6.95 each
Photographic Print retail for $ 74.95 each
Available at WOW Mabuhay Gift Store in the Johnston Terminal at The Forks, Winnipeg, Manitoba
The hour before sunrise is particularly sweet and one has to be constantly on the alert as conditions can change quickly. I had tried to make this image on two previous mornings but clouds had foiled my attempt both times. On this third occasion, a few minutes before sunrise, I released the shutter knowing that I had finally succeeded. I framed the wooden pier in such a way as to create a series of triangles counter balanced by a large horizontal shape above the horizon. The converging lines of the pier made of aspen trees lead into the bright space above Lake Winnipeg. The centered horizon line implies tranquility while the lone pier adds a sense of solitude. A perfect morning!