By the time we are in the field with our Fall hunters, the Northern Lights will keep us company on our late walks out to put the horses to feed for the night. By the end of September, the lights will guide us back to our camps after each day of hunting.
The Aurora Borealis is one of my favorite things about Alaska. It is one of the most beautiful things in a land of beauty during the Winters.
The pinks, reds, white and greens, all flashing, leaping, spiking and dancing across the sky, at times looking as if they spring from the mountain ridges. They seem so aware and alive.
The horses ignore them and the dogs try to play with them.
A tripod and campfire are the perfect combo to accompany the viewing. A thick pad or blanket come in handy too, to get those pictures from a prone position. Laying on the frozen ground at -50 below is simply put, uncomfortable.
“The Night Rainbow” is what the critters in the children’s movie Brother Bear calls the Northern Lights. Enchanting and hypnotizing are words that come to mind, attempting to describe one of Nature’s gifts.
Have you ever seen the Northern Lights? If so, you know what cannot be put into words, and understand the feeling of standing there watching, listening.
If you have not seen them, watched them, stood below them, even “heard” them, then trust me when I say the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis alone, are a necessary experience to have, to truly believe in and know magic.
Aurora Borealis, by definition are a natural electrical phenomenon characterized by the appearance of streamers of reddish or greenish light in the sky, usually near the northern or southern magnetic pole.
The origin of the word auroral, was late Middle English, from the Latin, “dawn, goddess of the dawn” and dates from the early 18th century.
I believe in magic. When you visit Chisana and experience the Alaska Winter on a Winter or Spring Excursion with Pioneer Outfitters, you too will come to believe.