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
Kristiansand is allmost as far south as you can go in Norway
so no lights there !
Just done some moon shots and a lot of photographing of the animals at the Zoo there
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 !
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
And I was like, hehe it`s happening in front of me again, the right spot at the right time !
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 !
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 [link]