The Northern Lights
I struggle to imagine what it might have been like when human beings first saw the Northern Lights. Thinking of my last post on God and Science, I can see how early man would have seen it fit to develop a divine picture of the cosmos. Knowing nothing of solar radiation and magnetism, such lights in the sky seem all but impossible to explain.
It was not a magnificent showing this summer, but they made the occasional appearance. I watch the Aurora forecast regularly so as to capture them, but they always seem to really go off on those few nights that I forget to check. Even when they are dim, however, the northern horizon usually maintains a glow. It looks like nothing more than lights from a distant city sometimes, but there are no cities north of where I was.
Watching this glow, fortunate spectators will see straight bands of light shoot off of it in a dull green color. Those more fortunate will see them move electrically and shift to more vibrant colors. I was not one of the more fortunate this summer, but I managed to take some shots of the green band that waved down through the sky. Please, enjoy!