Heart of Buddha

“He who experiences
The unity of life
Sees himself in all beings, and
All beings in himself.
He looks on everything
with an impartial eye. ”
~from “Heart of a Buddha”

Aurora from my Alaska trip this last Fall.

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Aurora from Lower Kenai Peninsula

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Glenwood Aurora

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While the majority of my aurora shots have been from Trout Lake side of Mount Adams, I found this series of shots in my archives that had been forgotten, from Glenwood, WA.  June 1, 2013  Mount Adams still features strongly.  The first two shots were of something I have not experienced any other time; and […]

Aurora Glow on Mount Adams

Hint of Aurora Glow over Mount Adams and the half frozen lake

Hint of Aurora Glow over Mount Adams and the half frozen lake

This is from December 7, 2013, on a bitterly cold night in Trout Lake, Washington.  It was -3 deg F and about 10 pm.  The colors did not flare up as large as some I have seen, and no pillars and such, but I was delighted with the image because of the crystal clear night stars and the light glow of setting moon and the ice near shore.    I would love to hear what you think!

Settings for this image were

camera:  Canon 5D Mark ll

lens:  Canon 28-135 IS

shutter speed: 30 seconds

f-stop:  3.5

ISO:  2500

I do still have calendars left for 2014, with a new shipment coming in soon, and you can see more information on those here by clicking on this calendar image below.

Cover of the Columbia Gorge Area calendar.  Click on the image to see more information

Cover of the Columbia Gorge Area calendar. Click on the image to see more information

Crown Point Aurora

 

Aurora seen from Crown Point and the Vista House in the Columbia Gorge. I could hardly believe we could see it so well!  June 28, 2013 near midnight.

this image shows the lights just coming up in a wave over Washington and the Columbia River

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This next image a few minutes later shows much stronger color as the waves got stronger

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and then I turned around and got a photo of the Vista House also with a hint of Milky Way overhead

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Aurora Borealis in Washington State

The featured image above and this next image are from June7,2013, as Northern lights danced in the midnight and early morning sky while I danced around my camera in the silence of a mountain night… which is never really silent, but alive with the songs of the stars, the movement of nocturnal birds and animals. The sort of silence that refreshes my spirits even without the Aurora dancing overhead!

ahhh, a night when color filled the sky to the north of Mount Adams, in southern Washington. What a great night!

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More of the same feeling of the deep night on June 1 as I snapped images from 1 am until sunrise near Mount Adams. The rich tones of the night recharged my spirits and brought me energy. This next slideshow is taken throughout that night into sunrise. I hope you enjoy!

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Some helpful sites for watching Aurora forecasts include the following

http://www.softservenews.com/Aurora.htm

http://spaceweather.com/

http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast?Date=20130601

 

This PDF document from NOAA  explains more of how Auroras come about and why 

I will include several larger images that are in the slide show, since it is so small and won’t let you click on individual images.

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My Five finalists in the Chasing the Light contest thru Pro Photo…

Lightning in the Columbia Gorge

Previously I posted the 12 or so images I had narrowed the decision down to, and here are the final 5 I actually entered into the contest. I know many amazing photos were submitted to this contest and i will be thrilled if I even make it as one of the 40 finalists whose work will be displayed at the Columbia Art Museum in Hood River, Oregon.

Giant Stack of Pancakes near Mount Adams

After Midnight Aurora March 9, 2012 over Mount Adams

After Midnight Aurora
March 9, 2012 over Mount Adams

Dollar Lake Fire on Mount Hood, September 2011

"Land of the Light"  Mount Adams

“Land of the Light” Mount Adams

Sunrise Thunderstorm

Sunrise Thunderstorm near Bingen, Washington on the Columbia River