The Aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, streak across the sky above an inukshuk in the town of Churchill on the rugged shores of Hudson Bay, Manitoba. Churchill is one of the places that you can view the Northern Lights and they look so close to you here that at times you feel like you may be able to reach out and touch them.
Auroras are the lights at the north and the south poles, but in the northern hemisphere they are referred to as the Aurora borealis. The name Aurora borealis refers to the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas. The closer you get to the northern magnetic pole, the better your chances are of seeing the Northern Lights and when you actually get the chance to stand and admire this naturally occurring light show, you will no doubt feel a wonder and awe of the world around you.
The Aurora borealis often turn the sky this greenish / yellow colour, although they can also appear in shades of red. The best time to see them is from September to October and from March to April as that is when the equinoxes occur. Many people think that the Aurora borealis have magical powers and properties and in the Middle Ages they were considered a sign from God.
Northern Lights, Aurora borealis, above an inukshuk in the town of Churchill, Hudson Bay, Manitoba, Canada.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/2.8, exposure time of 25/1 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 16mm.
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