Aurora Beneath Cloud Deck
September 13, 2002
On August 4, around 11:30 pm, I decided to go and photograph the northern lights as they were fairly active that night. Because it was too cloudy at a favorite location of mine in Riding Mountain National Park in southwestern Manitoba, I decided to drive to nearby Agassiz Tower and check out the sky from there. As shown on the above photo, this is what I observed. The sky was overcast above, but to the northwest, it was clear close to the horizon. This sight combined with a warm summer's breeze made for a somewhat magical atmosphere. Although I thought it to be an interesting scene at the time, I felt it would not make that great of a picture. When I got my prints back I was pleasantly surprised. It turned out to be one of my favorite images. There's a definite sense of 3-dimensions resulting from the motion and dim illumination of the cloud deck contrasting with the brilliant sharpness of the aurora.