Aurora Borealis


We’ve all been patiently watching the aurora forecasts waiting for a chance to see the northern lights. Finally, last night we had a “5” rating, clear skies and light winds. They appeared around 9pm and we all dashed outside to watch. Distinct bands of light floated over the port lasting about 1/2 an hour.  Around 1am I headed for the creek at the edge of town where there’d be less light pollution and some interesting forms in the foreground to photograph.

It’s difficult to describe the joy and sense of wonder watching these things as they gently glide across the sky. It’s one of those moments where you’re truly present to the ‘now’ and time evaporates.


2 thoughts on “Aurora Borealis

  1. Absolutely un-missable sights! Some people go over specifically to catch a glimpse of the Aurora borealis and don’t see a thing! That should inspire some paintings- no pressure! Did it feel horribly cold going out at that time or are the temperatures pretty much the same all day? We will be after some hits on the best clothing and footwear for May. It’s obvious you are having a good time visually at least.

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  2. When do people feel as if they are rich in time? Not often, research and daily experience suggest. However, three experiments showed that participants who felt awe, relative to other emotions, felt they had more time available (Experiments 1 and 3) and were less impatient (Experiment 2). Participants who experienced awe also were more willing to volunteer their time to help other people (Experiment 2), more strongly preferred experiences over material products (Experiment 3), and experienced greater life satisfaction (Experiment 3). Mediation analyses revealed that these changes in decision making and well-being were due to awe’s ability to alter the subjective experience of time. Experiences of awe bring people into the present moment, and being in the present moment underlies awe’s capacity to adjust time perception, influence decisions, and make life feel more satisfying than it would otherwise.

    Rudd M1, Vohs KD, Aaker J.
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    1Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA.

    Interestingly, I came across this quote while researching philosophy of mind in relation to feelings of awe and wonder. Just as I said at the end of my blog, time evaporates.


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