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The Island of Lights by SindreAHN The Island of Lights by SindreAHN
3/11-2012
Norway, Bodø
The Island of Lights !
Better known as the "Landegode" Island ;)
Also one of Bodø`s most photographed scenes ! Together with the "Lofoten"-wall, range of islands and mountains up north behind Landegode, or the famous scene of the midnightsun ;)
And the Northern Lights! The Aurora usually starts comming in lines as it moves around the earths magnetic field, we will often see the lines behind this island !

I was back home up north in Bodø for a brake from the course and Kristiansand this weekend :D Kristiansand is allmost as far south as you can go in Norway :P so no lights there !
Just done some moon shots and a lot of photographing of the animals at the Zoo there :D
During saturday in Bodø i was photographing the Sunset during the day, and i was thinking about looking after the Auroras by night.
The weather was great during the day and kept on going great when the evening was here ! A lot of stars and blue moonlit sky from the 60% Moon ;)
But... the aurora activity was none, absolutely nothing to see.
I was looking at all the websites about the weather and aurora activity that i could get !
And during the aternoon i saw the magnetic activity line moving south and comming in over Norway, this is a (aurora ovation model) of where there could be activity, it will also show a minium line-of-sight distance !

Later that evening my friend called me and sayd that he had seen a weak line going from east to west some few hours ago.
I decided it was ON ! ;) I`m going anyway to see if i could get to see and photograph some Aurora activity ! :D
While I drove out to a parking spot where we have photographing a lot of pictures from i could see the weak lines and some very weak rays.

I arrived at the spot and started looking after activity. There was a long weak line with pulsating movement that was going to be the show for the evening ;)
The weak lights crossed the sky above Landegode with some rays surronding it.
Then suddenly like allways, out of nowhere through the weak line came a stronger pulsating movement that separated the one line into two lines with rays around, and the sea picked up some reflections too :D And I was like, hehe it`s happening in front of me again, the right spot at the right time ! :D

As we are approaching a new dark season filled with Northern Lights i will share the websites that I use to keep track of the activity ;) nothing secret, you just have to do some research ;)

This is a live camera in Alaska, Chatanika that takes pictures of the sky ;)
[link]
btw ! it`s live now ! :D

similar camera with more info ;)
[link]

Yellowknife camera ;)
[link]

Norwegian Kjell Henriksen`s Observatory forecast site :
[link]

The ovation model that i used for this picture, tracking the activity line !
[link]

The short term forecast site of "Gedds" ;) A very accurate website with good details and explanation !
[link]

And the last one, spaceweather ! a site about space news and weather and well, so much more !!!
Here i also share some pictures together with a lot of other photographers ;) Recommended to use !
[link]

I`ll hope you who are interested will learn to use these websites to get knowledge and learn how to see the prediction of the Northern Lights, and how they work, and how they get so strong or weak in activity ! And the most important here, if you can see them where you are ! ;)

For more of pictures of the Northern Lights please have a look at my folder/gallery :D
[link]
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:icongriffonmeister:
griffonmeister Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist
Terrific.
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:iconsindreahn:
SindreAHN Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks ;)
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:icongriffonmeister:
griffonmeister Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist
:thumbsup:
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:icondanuk86:
danUK86 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012   General Artist
beautiful :)
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:iconsindreahn:
SindreAHN Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks ;)
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:icondanuk86:
danUK86 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012   General Artist
:nod:
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:icont1sup:
T1sup Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Your description is most interesting.
One day, sooner than later, I will go up North, maybe on board of a Hurtigruten ship.
(Two years ago, while in Bergen, I collected enough information to organize a trip on my own)
Tell me : what are the chances to see an Aurora Borealis within one week ?
Other question : do Norwegian travel with the Hurtigruten ships, or only tourists ???
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:iconsindreahn:
SindreAHN Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
All of us travel with Hurtigruten coast liner ;)
Well guess i supported you with enough websites to check the current aurora conditions ? ;)
"a picture says more then thousand words" but sometimes words are needed ;)
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:icont1sup:
T1sup Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Yes, your photos are profusely documented.
But you gave me a most important information, impossible to find anywhere else : not only tourist but also Norwegian travel with Hurtigruten.
Great : this will be a good way to meet "real" people.
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:iconsindreahn:
SindreAHN Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
hehe, the Hurtigruten is one of the most used coast liner for transportation of food and postal services up north ;) And also for the locals travelling !
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