Here we are on Earth Day, and it seemed fitting to make a post celebrating some of the wonders this Earth has to offer; specifically the Northern Lights, and the beautiful Rocky Mountains. For the past three months I have been trying (mostly in vain) to get some photos and a timelapse of the Northern Lights over the Rocky Mountains, but time after time they prove to be incredibly difficult to forecast. On April 13/14 everything finally came together with the arrival of an expected CME and a fairly decent chance of finding a patch of clear skies over night about five hours away in Revelstoke, BC. Not wanting to take any chances this time, I decided to rent a snowmobile, take it up to the top of a mountain for a better vantage point, pitch a tent and spend the night. Although the CME impact was a lot weaker than expecting, thanks to a very dense solar wind A beautiful display of the Northern Lights was still produced!
(click on the vimeo link in the video to watch it in HD)