With the harvest in full swing, the aurora and Moon lit the fields on a clear September evening.
This night, September 19, showed prospects for a good display of Northern Lights, and sure enough as it got dark a bright, well-defined arc of Lights danced to the north.
I headed off to some photogenic spots near home, on the prairies of southern Alberta. By the time I got in place, the aurora had already faded.
However, the arc still photographed well and provided a great backdrop to these rural scenes. The rising Moon, then 3 days past full, lit the foreground. In the lead image, lights from combines and trucks working the field behind the bins are at left.
The image above was from later in the night, just down the road at a favourite and photogenic grand old barn.
Note the Big Dipper above the barn. A waning and rising Moon like this is great for providing warm illumination.
The time around equinox is usually good for auroras, as the interplanetary and terrestrial magnetic fields line up better to let in the electrons from the Sun. So perhaps we’ll see more Lights, with the Moon now gradually departing the evening sky.
— Alan, September 20, 2016 / © 2016 Alan Dyer / www.amazingsky.com
2 Replies to “Harvest Aurora”
I especially love the third image with the Big Dipper above the barn.
How much would you charge for a nice print of it suitable for framing (shipped to St. Albert)?
Stan J. Backs
13 Laydon Drive
St. Albert, AB T8N 2N1, Canada
Hi! Let me ask this — how much would you expect to pay? Digital files of my images can be purchased and downloaded for Personal Use, then the user prints them as they like at home or at a local Walmart or print shop. See my site at http://www.amazingsky.photoshelter.com Thanks!