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Dizzying

Yes .. Literally .... It isn't particularly easy maintaining one's equilibrium when you are spending hours stretching your neck to look up at a dazzlingly brilliant example of one of the most amazing spectacles to be seen anywhere in the Solar System.

It was a very dark, moonless night, although the Aurora was bright enough to cast shadows, and difficult to tell where the narrow, hard-packed snowmachine trails ended and where the soft, meter-deep snow began.

When at it's most wildly active, this Aurora whipped violently back and forth across the heavens, erupting in all corners of the sky, so that you really couldn't decide which direction to point your camera in. As I struggled to aim myself at the sky's most dazzling quadrant at any given time, I several times stumbled comically backwards into soft deep snow, taking a few minutes to recover and losing valuable imaging time in the process.

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Taken on March 1, 2011