And then, there was the second mad dash that occurred this week. (Read Part 1 here.) After the Timeraiser event at MacDonald Island Art Gallery, I headed home and decided that I was not going out - I had way too much on the schedule the following day. But, the aurora outlook kept getting better and the skies cleared. Oh boy. And then, the lights were out. It was crunch time - either I ignore it and go to bed, wired (and take it for granted that we've been getting these amazing shows) - or I just go! With an encouraging nudge from Kevin I frantically grabbed my gear and was able to make arrangements to meet up with my dear friend, Tracy.
We met in the dark and set up shop in our first location, with the sounds of our hoots and hollers letting everyone and everything around us aware of our presence. (We can get a little excited. It happens.) On this night, the aurora was ever-changing - more than I had ever experienced before. There was a wide array of colour throughout the night... pastel pinks and pure white were some surprises - at times we wondered if clouds had rolled in but it was aurora throughout the entire sky. And the most unique phenomenon of the night was a flickering that I don't recall seeing before. The lights would pulse quickly but instead of their normal "dance", it would flicker and jump to another section of the sky, flitting about like an electrical storm. Wild!
And then it was off to try some other locations. Here, we encountered gorgeous lines above the treeline that absolutely captivated me. Later, Tracy discovered that we had experienced black aurora. Wow. We were treated to a few more bright flare-ups as well. As the clock creeped up to 3am we decided to pack up. Tracy set up a fun self-portrait to put a cap on our fabulous evening. Click on her "buddy selfie" at the bottom to check out Tracy's stunning photography via her webpage - or check out her latest adventures on her Facebook page: here. There you'll find her point of view on our night out, chasing the aurora. Now it's time to recover and get ready for the next time!