I had the extreme good fortune to be in the right place and the right time and have the time (not really
) to witness and photograph one of the best Aurora Borealis displays I've ever seen on Tuesday night!
The location wasn't the best--12 miles west of Hot Spring, South Dakota (in a weigh station, no less
) It started out as just an intense green glow on the northern horizon--that is how we usually see the Northern Lights here--so I found a place to park my rig to see if they would intensify...
But then found I had forgotten my tripod!
I had to improvise by shutting down my truck (so the engine vibrations wouldn't ruin every shot) and setting my camera on a fender using my gloves as a makeshift beanbag. I also used the 2 second timer function to release the shutter so that wouldn't cause shake in the image.
Sometimes improvised work fairly well!
The Aurora would intensify to stunning pillars of red, green and purple and then subside again to the basic green glow I am familiar with. Every time it would intensify I would be hooting and hollering my approval and thanks to the Universe and its Creator.
I had a great time and this is exactly what I needed in my life right now--a convergeance with the right thing at the right time. I know, comparing this to some other Aurora shots on DA recently, that this one isn't up to that standard but I don't care about that. These shots mean the world to me and that is what counts.