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January 28, 2020, 11:29 p.m. — Jökulsárlón, South Coast, Iceland

Picked up from the Feb 21, 2020 post:

The plot thickened; the aurora action quickly moved to center stage.

This was taken when the Kp index of disturbances of Earth’s magnetic field caused by solar wind was 3.3. I can’t imagine how bright the top of the Kp scale — 9 — is. Maybe you really do need sunglasses.

And then… What’s this? Unidentified Flying Sleigh. It appeared out of nowhere, hovered for 10 and a half seconds, and then shot away to the north. Lucky shot.

The Muse and I wish you all a Happy Holiday Season and a healthy and sane 2021.

(Nikon D850, Tamron SP 15–30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD. f/2.8, 10 sec, ISO 400. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

The Author

California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at www.amagaphoto.com All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


  1. Ditto …

    I have seen an index 6 in Fairbanks. The NL was moving so fast that I photographed at 1/30s at 800 ISO. Imagine how spectacular it was with more hues (blue, red, magenta).

    Merry Xmas my friend … Oliver.

    Oliver Klink – 408-910-6701 – OliverKlinkPhotography.com

    NINE AWARDS for 2019 Best Photography Book (Independent Publisher, PubWest, International Book Awards, Mifa, PX3, Foreword Indies, IPA, IBPA)

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  2. What magnificent northern lights and the date somehow makes it all the more thrilling – just by the skin of your teeth, before everything went haywire. A creative 2021 to you, Michael!

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