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….


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……..


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


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


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


What a night and day….even managed to get in a adult nap or two…..



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 … it is above the zero mark and we are headed out the door to take eggs to store……

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
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 …


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


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

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


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

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

than she flared up for another unfurling of light

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


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

Two Nights Chasing Auroras

After weeks of clouds and snow and extreme minus temps…..Lady Aurora returned full of herself…….in some places even with extreme colors of red and tinges of yellow ….but for me it was watching the data page and running out my front door to middle of drive way ….the first night was special…I had watched and been out the door many times …was getting so frustrated …but hubby said trying to be cheeky ….”When I go out to feed chicken hon I will whistle them up for you”……he was gone a long time and I had just came in from checking….he pops in the door and says hurry hon they are dancing …..he whistled them up ….the sky was full of pinks and green….

Collection of a few of the 165 shots I took…on night of whistle from hubby…..temps around minus 39 below zero….


Collection of last night (02-02-20150)…had waited and watch and grew tired so took shower and washed hair…put pjs and went back and checks data …yep you guessed it ..three good data marks… wrapped up wet hair two scarfs and hubby’s hat with ear flaps and heavy down coat and boot,mitts …. tripod, remote, camera …..all of 8 minutes to get ready …out the door slipping legs of tripod into place and turning on camera and remote and then standing in ewe as she danced above me ……oh what a night and all before midnight….temps was minus 18 and the flag was moving so there was just enough breeze to cause movement ….making temps even colder…..


Still standing MOM  …still standing

Flaming Not

Sometimes one must just blow out the flame…..the oil lamp collection sits atop my fridge..
..just collecting dust and grease … none have been lit in a long ,long time… my cabin fever is like the fading lamps in the second photo…..when one can see clear skies and sun that is returning.. but it is still to damn cold to venture out ….the walls seem to be closing in here in my world….
one just seems to feel every depressing thought ….. caught hanging on tight to the cold air ….color seems to disappear with each drop of the temperatureDSC_0288 …one degree at a time….maybe I should turn out all the lights and light the wicks….

I am still standing MOM ..STILL STANDING …but maybe a little bent over in heart today…..

There is Light ,then there is Light


So many times I have read the next day after chasing Auroras….. that someone was rude while out aurora chasing…..Other than blinding me …I do not find it rude…..I feel like if you can not deal with headlights or flashlights or refracted city lights then you go somewhere else….. the above shot was taken at top of Ester Dome in Fairbanks Alaska…..the bright snow in foreground is caused by headlights but it was okay…. it is a favorite site and is at the end of the road……this is straight off disks…. rules for fun life…always hold hands when crossing street…..never turn down fun food or warm drink…always travel in pairs it is more fun….

Still Standing MOM still standing …..

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