MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2014
"November Aurora over Haines, Alaska"
I can't believe the luck we've had so far on our Alaska trip! We've had this trip planned since January and in the last month leading up to the trip I've been checking the forecast every few days for Haines and it showed nothing but RAIN. But, since our arrival in Juneau, the weather has turned and it's been sunny! Even the locals have commented on how nice it's been since we got here. They were getting quite sick of the rain and talking about how awful it's been, rain every day for as long as they can remember. So, we feel pretty blessed to have had clear skies so far on our trip!
As an added bonus, our second night in Haines gave us some beautiful northern lights! The locals were talking about the chance of lights, so I went out just after midnight to have a look. Sure enough, the lights were visible but difficult to see from the parking lot of our motel. We didn't have a rental car yet, but thankfully the harbor and shoreline were not far from our motel. So, I went for a walk and within 10 minutes was on the shoreline of Portage Cove overlooking Lynn Canal and the mountains beyond. The lights put on a very good show for a couple of hours, dancing and waving throughout the sky. The rising quarter moon added another nice element to the scene. What an amazing trip so far, I can't wait to see what surprises the remainder of our time here will bring!
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm
Focal length: 17mm
Shutter speed: 15 seconds