Clicking the Green of March


We are beginning break up here in Alaska….we still have lots of snow and ice  ,no spring green yet….so our green  for saint paddy’s day comes from the heavens2015-03-18 ….not sure why I continue to try to capture the lights ….it never measures up  once I get to the computer to edit …but I am having fun …. if it matters I still do get excited  when viewing from the back of camera…..DSC_0662-2_filteredthe numbers on the data page and the info from many web cams  screamed storm …..  everyone seems to capture a different storm

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…most of their shots were true  to  raining auroras…mine were just lots of green  with just tinges of pinks and reds  and moving so fast DSC_0668-2_filtered ….made your head and tripod dance in high gear….. early in the storm I watched the skies

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… read the many   pages of aurora chasers ….I can never stop laughing at the ones who think because they are taking photos everyone  should bow down to their work….and their made up rules

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…..their many post of  aurora watching etiquette……no joke there are 18  or more pages of these fine rules  on the net …..my come back to theses fine rules and guide lines…. GET A LIFE…if your shots are that important find  a new spot  away from all the hot  viewing spots…..

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it has become a very sad world when one makes rules for others on how they should act when viewing nature …… no one should have to worry about lights on a vehicle because it cause light that will ruin your photo

DSC_0701-2_filtered…no one should have to worry about your camera and tripod in the dark … try putting glow in dark reflective tape on the bottom of you tripod …
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why should I have to look for another spot to view auroras just because you are taking photos….and if you are in the dark bundled up in dark clothes you need to try putting reflective tape on your aurora shooting clothes …it is your life
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…yes I am a driver of an auto but you have to be responsible as well……why do all your rules of etiquette tell the new viewer or aurora shooter what to do …..what about you …why do you feel that you are in charge of a public place …I hope every new viewer turns on their lights …holds their foot on the brake light…trip over your unmarked tripod …invades your public space…..and scared you when they almost run over you ….come on people it’s a big world and a bigger state and the last time I looked the sky over head did not belong to anyone

 

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climbing down off soap box and going back outdoors to take more shots of the awesome world ….
Still Standing MOM …I AM STILL STANDING

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Walk About


It finally happen ….we both could get together…..even when it looks like we aren’t
talking our cameras are…….we see the same lightDSC_0604 …we hear the same light …yes
hear light …it twirls around your lens and gathers force that makes you click the button that captures and draws the vision into your disks

DSC_0619…I needed the time out and about with like mind ….it was windy,cold to the bone but  very,very sunny …I HAD FUN…thanks Vicky Padgett for an awesome time……she drove us around on very icy roads

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…at temps  that belonged at the real north pole …..the walk about  we were not chasing the sun it was standing still for us…..it flickered off the ice and the tips of the trees

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…..we hear airplanes over head  …birds……snowmachiners…..  it was the refreshing day both  for us cabin bound people along with our cameras that are starved for light of day…….but our short visit with the great outdoors and the beautiful sun had to come to a stop….

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all the little mounds of snow looked like they were waiting to cross the roads…. what a day ..what crazy thoughts ….here is my favorite shot of the day

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I am still standing MOM …..I AM STILL STANDING

Of what value are you to someone…..???


Of what value are you to someone…..???Back in 2009 I joined Facebook …..many had said “You will lose your personal info …there are mast murders….hackers will steal things…. don’t join…..But I joined anyway ….I had the best Farmville farm without paying and I could find eggs with the top egg hunters….but best of all is the fact that news travels on Facebook faster than a speeding light from heaven…….DSC_0558_filteredCouple nights back a friend on Facebook told us that she was dying ….the way she told us and the things she told us ….were heart tearing ..belly deep tears welled up in  me …..I meet this lady on the river banks of the Chena River ….we were both taking photos of the racers ….her and her husband were there with their Friend Manny the Monkey …. we did not meet per the normal…. Howdy, Happy to meet you ….no she had turned to adjust her camera and slipped and fell…as I started toward her …she jumped up and dusted the snow off and turn back to business…. DSC_0564_filteredManny the Monkey was how I found her on Facebook …she cooks an awesome looking meals and shares the photos …her and Manny watch football and she loves to take photos that she shares….that is as close as we have gotten for actually meeting…when she told us all the other night of her new journey of life …I CRIED worst than I did when My mother passed over…..she talked about how she would be the auroras that danced in the sky…..last night as I stood under the lights I remember her word ….and the words of an elder native man the first time I every saw the lights  DSC_0566_filtered….We had gone shopping and were at the old Fred Myers I was standing and looking up and telling the children to look …the elder man stopped ….he asks if it was my first time seeing the lights ..I said yes …he said it is your family that has passed over speaking of their joy …..when my Facebook friend said the following ...”This will be my last season to dance under the aurora, because next season, I shall dance WITH them, among those who have gone on before me”

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Family comes in so many forms and so many colors….I am so happy I did not listen to the nay sayers…because I came to know this awesome family I have on Facebook….

“Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.” ~Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859

I am still Standing MOM …I AM STANDING …….

From Early Morn TO Lights of the Night


Waiting in the truck at VA Hospital ….is always fun ..I have time to study setting on camera and play around with the things the camera can do…..this morn the parking lot was really crowded and we had to park in a non parking space …which put the truck in a valley some what…I went to step down out of truck ….wrong thing …my trifocals and the depth of the valley was a big fall…..good thing it was a soft snow pack….I had to really think getting up and back in truck….. I tried real hard not to laugh at others as they did the same thing….

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the lights again appeared and hubbby took me down the road to chase them ….but first daughter called on her way home …lights are dancing mom she says……grab your camera … we stood outside and turned round and round trying hard to capture the lights …the sky was ablaze with lights……..

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than husband started truck and i grabbed tripod and camera and remote and off we went ….first stop the small lake n farm road in Moose Creek Alaska

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back in the truck and just a little further down the highway and we stopped at dump area right before the gift store Knotty Shop and it was dark and the auroras were again building and making herself known

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back in the truck …..now we were back home and the lights were just fading away but could still be seen by human eyes….. what an awesome night …..

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What a night and day….even managed to get in a adult nap or two…..
STILL STANDING MOM ….I AM STILL STANDING …..

Way To COLD


Sometimes I am way too taken with the night lights….even when the temps are way below normal for humans …..I am out there …even though it is not far from front door.. still dangerous…if one slips and fall while out alone ….who will come to the rescue .. how soon will they check…..I am really getting silly in my old age …I have let so much pass me by…I did not do certain things when I was raising my children….one because we were to far from family …two who else would take care of kids if something happen ….still have not even learned to asks correctly for one to stop so the photo can be taken while not moving….it was 44 below aero the night theses were taken everything made silly clunk…..clunk sound …..today it is above the zero mark and we are headed out the door to take eggs to store……

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sometimes Mom I wonder why i am still standing …BUT…I AM STILL STANDING MOM …

Away from Here


Sometimes the walls of this house become way to tight…..we waited and waited…. it was either black ice road conditions or extreme temps…. either side of the zero on the gauge can be extremely dangerous…but we finally caught it just right even though it was cold ….really cold….so off we go the wheels on the truck went thump ,thump thump till they warmed up

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the weather and steam off everything trying to work was amazing….every steam plant was working over time and the thermal pools on the rivers and lakes were steaming up the air….

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around every bend in the road was another vista of beauty…..snow covered sun shadowed and sun light were our views …roads were both icy or dry …depending on the bend in the road ….some views many,many,miles away looked like they were sitting in middle of roadway….

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the amount of snow and weight of more hoar-frost and the extreme temps made the trees and grasses look like place from another world….. the stop sign seem to even scream Stop Already Winter……the sounds at these temps seems to triple in volume…the crunch of the icy snow seems to have its own music…

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we viewed moose and caribou and eagles along the way….the moose were so hungry they were down on their knees eating last years grass stubs and the caribou seem to think that my camera was a sign saying heads down ….the eagles photo was taken while truck was in motion but it was not as out of focus as I thought it would be…..they were all busy feeding ….
we made it back home before sunset
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it was maddening trying to capture the sunset while truck was moving …we could not stop because of afternoon traffic off base…….but we were back home and happy to have had a beautiful day of travel ….
Still standing MOM …Still Standing

Last Minute Aurora Chase


When I first looked at numbers there was nothing exciting …but I got cameras set up anyway and went to do something else …..than I looked again and the cam and the data were exciting …..walked out the front door … the sky was dancing ….but the cat got out the door …so I had to chase him…..NOT FUN chasing cat at minus 39 degrees……he finally stopped and I returned his furry butt to house….than LADY AURORA STARTED AGAIN….NOT AS BRIGHT AND FAST AS FIRST DANCE BUT SHE WAS DANCING …

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college of best shots of the night ….loving the new remote timer and the new ball head tripod

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right above the edge of the back of the house……after chasing cat this was how lady aurora came back in to focus…..fast moving

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the big dipper was moving just as fast last night across the driveway …..

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Than lady aurora moved herself over the middle of Judy Lane …so I had to hurry to the middle of the lane and try not to capture electric lines and poles

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another of her as she began to fade over the lane….disappearing into the trees…..

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than she flared up for another unfurling of light

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as she danced toward me in the dark …adjusting camera to straight up ……

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she flares than disappears again….by this time I am so cold I can not punch the little button on the remote time to call it a night

Still Standing MOM ..I am still Standing

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