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Northern Lights over Peyto Lake

Here is a single-frame image of the Northern Lights over Peyto Lake. No, the green tones are not fake… this is exactly what my camera captured!


This was the very first time that I’ve ever seen an Aurora (also called the Northern Lights). Unfortunately we were a bit too far south to be able to see them with the naked eye… but you could probably imagine my surprise (and delight) when I noticed all the green in the sky while viewing this image on my camera’s LCD!!?


This is what Wikipedia has to say about the Northern Lights...


An aurora (plural: auroras or aurorae) is a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere (thermosphere). The charged particles originate in the magnetosphere and solar wind and are directed by the Earth's magnetic field into the atmosphere.


This is what Wikipedia has to say about Peyto Lake...


Peyto Lake (pronounced pea-toe) is a glacier-fed lake located in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. The lake itself is easily accessed from the Icefields Parkway. It was named for Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area. The lake is formed in a valley of the Waputik Range, between Caldron Peak, Peyto Peak and Mount Jimmy Simpson, at an elevation of 1,860 m (6,100 ft). During the summer, significant amounts of glacial rock flour flow into the lake, and these suspended rock particles give the lake a bright, turquoise color. Because of its bright color, photos of the lake often appear in illustrated books, and area around the lake is a popular sightseeing spot for tourists in the park. The lake is best seen from Bow Summit, the highest point on the Icefield Parkway. The lake is fed by the Peyto Creek, which drains water from the Caldron Lake and Peyto Glacier (part of the Wapta Icefield), and flows into the Mistaya River.


Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm at 10mm, aperture of f5, with a 249 second exposure.


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Taken on August 6, 2011