~ Bananas! ~
Hands up if you’re sick of seeing photos of that amazing aurora last Friday night?
Haha, who am I kidding? Considering how long it’s been since we had one this good (and that my last post was lamenting how long ago since I shot an aurora!) I am loving seeing how successful everyone was!
My Friday night was already booked in for shooting the stars, so I was organized and down at the beach just on dark to meet a couple of friends.
I’d had a hectic day at work, so hadn’t really paid a lot of attention to the chatter, but I knew there was potential.
I started getting alerts of colour in New Zealand at 4.30pm and I hoped it would hold until it got dark here. But like Chuck Berry sang, you never can tell 🎼
This was one of the best naked eye auroras I’ve ever seen!
This far north of the South Pole, the aurora is not always visible to the human eye, and when it is, it’s usually from a fairly strong aurora and we see it as a white glow.
This aurora was so very clearly visible, the sky was glowing!
The force was strong with this one.
You could literally see that green arc grow in front of your eyes, I watched as small blobs on each side grew, reached toward each other and formed a giant arc across the top of the beams.
It was incredibly bright and all of a sudden I realized I could actually see GREEN! I saw naked eye colour for be first time ever!! Holy crapballs Batman!
I may or may not have done a little dance. You’ll never know for sure though 😉
And then, as my friend Tony said at the time, it was light a light switches off. One minute it was there, and then it was gone.
Here’s a few of my shots, showing you the blobs as they became the arc, right at the height of this incredible aurora.