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Northern (de)lights

17 April 2015

Seeing the aurora borealis is a natural marvel on many a person's bucket list. It is a phenomena that people travel miles to see with no guarantee that nature will oblige. It's this unpredictability that makes the aurora so alluring and such a special thing to see.    That's why I'm feeling incredibly fortunate just now as earlier this morning I stood for hours beneath the fabled 'northern lights' and witnessed the sky dance with colour.   Northern lights and House 1


It's hard to find the words to describe the mystical light show. It can be explained in terms of a kaleidoscope of colours - a shimmering pink, a ghostly green glow and ribbons of red dancing across the sky - but it is so much more than that.   Northern lights and the street


Once away from the central block of buildings there was no light pollution and I was in awe of the night sky; it twinkled with more stars than I have ever noticed before and morphed unpredictably from one colour to another. I considered going high for a better view but knew that the light show could end at any second so I found a sheltered spot and allowed myself to simply enjoy the moment.   Green glow of the northern lights


I discovered later that only one other person on the island at the edge of the world had witnessed the beauty of the aurora, lucky indeed. Northen lights and house 1 lights




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