Following the lights…

Following the lights…

Hello friends…

It has been a while since I last sat down to write a new post. During this time away, I took part of an incredible photographic journey  over seas.  Now, when spring has finally sprung, I am ready to share with you some memories from a snowy and cold week, spent in Lapland.

Lapland is the largest and northernmost region of Finland. Although there is much to see there, from incredible fjords to snowy forests and clear blue, or even better, frozen waterfalls, most people come with the great hope of seeing the Aurora Borealis, aka “the northern lights”.  This astonishing phenomenon is caused by charged particles, mainly electrons and protons, entering the atmosphere from above causing ionization and excitation of atmospheric constituents, and consequent optical emissions.

Seeing the lights is a matter of location, season, and mostly – luck.  So here is to lady luck and to one more thing crossed off my bucket list – I got to see the green beauty on every single night of our trip. On the first day, we were riding north on a snowmobile for close to 10 hours. Everyone were exhausted and all we wanted was to get to our cabins for some hot food and a steamy shower waiting for us just a few miles away.  From the back I hear someone shouting, and without even really hearing what he said I lifted my head and saw the most amazing sight I have ever seen. 180 degrees of green “smoke” covering the sky… WOW.

Now here comes the disappointing part …

It was freezing cold, my tripod froze to the dry-bag cabled to the back of the snowmobile. It is pitch black, my fingers were numb after taking off my gloves to operate the camera, and the only source of light I had was from some flashlights others in our group carried. I did my best to find a spot I could stabilize myself to shoot from, and a decent light to focus from, but failed for about ten good minutes. I gave up and floored into a pile of snow at about hip height. So here I am, staring miserably at the sky, knowing that it’s possible I got all the way here and have zero pictures to show for. Laugh away it is not easy for a photographer to really take pleasure and appreciate the moment without a camera.

Fifteen more minutes of simply taking in this extraordinary once in a life time experience, taught me the importance of learning to let go… sometimes I will get caught not ready. Sometimes I will miss on big shots, and sometimes I should live life and see things not through a lens, or in frames, but purely as god intended it to be seen and experienced.

 

  • Please enjoy the photo gallery I have created of Lapland (under the gallery tab) – it even includes some northern lights I got to shoot after all…