The Perfect Storm - Vortex Aurora

Submitted by: JOHNRFLINN@aol.com at Wed Sep 25 20:18:01 2002 UTC

This image was taken on the night of October 31st, 1991 near Denali Park in Alaska at about 11:00PM (Alaska time). This vortex of light was the only aurora band in the sky and traversed entire sky from NE to SW, parallel with the Milky Way. It was bright enough to cast shadows and appeared motionless for several minutes. Eventually it expanded to a flame-like shape then opened to cover the entire sky. Taken with a Nikor 20mm @ F 2.8 for 20 seconds using Kodachrome 200 film pushed 2 stops. I would be interested to see if anyone else saw this in Alaska on 10/31/91. You can contact me at JOHNRFLINN@aol.com.

 

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Aurora, Orion and the Three Sisters

Submitted by: JOHNRFLINN@aol.com at Sun Apr 3 00:34:01 2005 UTC

The geomagnetic storm of Nov 7-8, 2004 created spectacular auroral displays over the Oregon Cascades. Wave upon wave of light rippled overhead. The bright red and yellow front of light seemed to come to a stop over the Three Sisters volcanoes as Orion rose in the East. Nikon FM2 w/ 20mm Nikor at F 3.0 and about 15 seconds using Provia 400F pushed 1.5 stops. JOHNRFLINN@aol.com or CelestialScenics.com

Harvest Moon over Marina

Submitted by: JOHNRFLINN@aol.com at Sat Oct 2 06:42:01 2004 UTC

Last year's Harvest moon at Dexter Lake, Oregon. Taken with the help of a Nikon FM2, tripod, Tamron 80 -210 lens and a tricky 15 minute break with two different exposure settings. John Flinn

Geomagnetic Storm Sunrise

Submitted by: JOHNRFLINN@aol.com at Sat Jan 31 18:47:01 2004 UTC

On the morning of August 12th 2000 after a rare display of Northern Lights and Perseid Meteor showers, the colors of the night sky seem to have painted the landscape.  I have often observed intense rosy sunsets and sunrises during

geomagnetic storms and this was no exception.  The upper McKenzie valley disappears into a fuchsia haze and the distant peaks of Mt. Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack and Mt. Washington highlight the distant horizon. The wildflowers in th e foreground are appropriately  Epilobium angustifolium (Fireweed).  Nikon FM2, Sensia 100 Film,  Nikor 35mm wide angle lens at F8.  Comments and questi ons welcome at JOHNRFLINN@aol.com or CelestialScenics.com.

Days of Wine and Auroras

Submitted by: JOHNRFLINN@aol.com at Sat Jan 17 17:20:01 2004 UTC

Nothing like having Pinot Noir skies after the harvest at the King Estate Winery near Lorane, OR. The skies were clear for the spectacular northern lights display of October 30th, 2003 and were lit up with patches of reds and greens soon after sunset. The Big Dipper can also be seen. Cheers! JOHNRFLINN@aol.com

Perseid Aurora Show 8/12/00

Submitted by: JOHNRFLINN@aol.com at Tue Feb 18 04:05:01 2003 UTC

The upper reaches of the aurora are still touched by the light of the moon that has already set. Jupiter and Saturn can be seen in the constellation of Taurus while Gemini has just risen in the eastern horizon colored by the aurora. Taken at about 3:20 AM on August 12th, 2000 using a Nikkor 20mm wide angle lens at F 3.0 and Provia 400 film pushed 1.5 stops. Comments and questions can be sent to JOHNRFLINN@aol.com or www.CelestialScenics.com. John Flinn

Nostalgia - August 12, 2000 Aurora Display

Submitted by: JOHNRFLINN@aol.com at Tue Feb 18 02:34:01 2003 UTC

     While waiting for the annual Perseid Meteor shower, a wonderf ul aurora seemed to climax over the Oregon Cascades at around 3:30 AM PST.  It was t he lavender color that was so captivating for this particular display. In the distance can be seen Mt Jefferson.  A small Perseid is also near the cente r of the photograph. Taken from O'Leary Mountain using a Nikkor 35 mm wide angle lens at F 1.8, using Sensia 100 slide film pushed 1.5 stops.  Any questions or comments are welcome at JOHNRFLINN@aol.com or www.CelestialScenics.com.   J. Flinn


Light in August

Submitted by: JOHNRFLINN@aol.com at Fri Dec 13 07:21:01 2002 UTC

Taken on the predawn hours of August 12th, 2000 from a 6000' foot elevation in the Oregon Cascades, this aurora was highlighted by a wonderful display of Perseids as well. The upper reaches of the aurora are still illuminated by moonlight which changes the deep red into a magenta color. Nikon FM2 with a Nikor 20mm wide angle lens at F 3.0 using Provia 400 slide film pushed 2 stops. Exposure time was approximately 15 seconds. Time to reload film 10 minutes. You can contact me at JOHNRFLINN@aol.com.

Leonid Meteor over Mt. Shasta

Submitted by: JOHNRFLINN@aol.com at Sun Nov 24 19:25:01 2002 UTC

This is a photo from the Leonid Shower in 2001 from a viewpoint 10 miles north of Mt. Shasta. Often there were several fireballs in the sky simultaneously. Some even exploded. Then the clouds moved in.... Leonid viewing was foiled by an intense cloud cover in the Pacific NW in 2002. Lots of driving around looking for holes in the clouds to no avail. JOHNRFLINN@aol.com

Birthplace of Stars?

Submitted by: JOHNRFLINN@aol.com at Sat Nov 23 17:54:01 2002 UTC

Actually this was an unintentional double exposure of Silver Creek Falls in Oregon and a piggyback one minute exposure of Jupiter and Saturn in the constellation of Taurus. Most likely due to sleep deprivation during the aurora season. Cheers! JOHNRFLINN@aol.com

Moonlit Aurora over Cascades

Submitted by: JOHNRFLINN@aol.com at Fri Nov 22 21:39:02 2002 UTC

This is an example of what I call a "subliminal aurora". You know that it is there but the moonlight is just too overpowering for the subtle light of the aurora. Fortunately the film picks up what the eyes miss. The fog sheathed upper McKenzie river and the snow-covered Oregon Cascades can be seen in the distance. Taken on November 5th, 2000. For comments you can reach me at JOHNRFLINN @aol.com.

Unusual Clouds during a Geomagnetic Storm

Submitted by: JOHNRFLINN@aol.com at Fri Nov 22 21:18:02 2002 UTC

One thing that I've noticed is that clouds are often very unusual during a geomagnetic storm. Here is a sample of a lenticular cloud downwind of Mt. Jefferson in Oregon taken during a robust geomagnetic storm on June 17th, 2000. It looks like a face blowing out a tempest. This is only one of several cloud creatures I have photographed. For comments you can reach me at JOHNRFLINN@aol.com.

Flame Aurora

Submitted by: JOHNRFLINN@aol.com at Sat Sep 21 01:40:01 2002 UTC

This image was taken on October 31, 1991. When the "Perfect Storm" was raging in the north Atlantic another type of storm was lighting up the skies in Alaska. Only 10 minutes earlier this aurora had the shape of a very tight vortex that spanned the sky from NE to SW. Perhaps it was tracing the ion trail of an atmosphere grazing meteor. There was very little movement. Even though the exposure time was 20 seconds a lot of the detail is very clear. Taken with a Nikor 20mm lens at F2.8 with Kodachrome 200 film pushed two stops. For questions or comments my email address is: JOHNRFLINN@aol.com. P.S my earlier Hale Bopp picture over the Sisters was taken on April 11th, 1997.

Sunset during Sept 7th Geomagnetic Storm

Submitted by: JOHNRFLINN@aol.com at Fri Sep 20 04:24:01 2002 UTC

Perhaps it is just a coincidence but I have noticed that if there is a good geomagnetic storm brewing, the lenticular clouds over mountains take on some really unusual shapes and the sunsets and sunrises are supercharged with brilliant pinks and purples. Here is a sunset from September 7th, 2002 when the Kp was reading at least 6. Photo taken near Lowell, OR around 6:30 PM. Nikor 28mm F 2.0 lens taken at F 8 with polarizing filter using Sensia 100 film pushed 1.5 stops. If you can't see an aurora before it gets dark this is perhaps the second best thing. I would be curious to see if other people have noticed unusual cloud shapes and colors during geomagnetic storms. You can contact me at JOHNRFLINN@aol.com.

Oldie but Goodie Hale Bopp 98

Submitted by: JOHNRFLINN@aol.com at Thu Sep 19 04:53:01 2002 UTC

Between aurora displays this might be a good time to show one of my favorite memories. On April 11th 1997 Hale Bopp was in the same point in the constellation of Perseus that Hyakutaki crossed exactly a year earlier. The glow behind the Three Sisters volcanoes in Oregon was from a northern lights display in Canada. Lens used was a Nikor 35mm F1.4 and the film was Provia 400F exposed for 20 seconds at F 1.8. This photo was taken from Mt. Bachelor. I have a whole series of slides showing Hale Bopp as it set behind the Three Sisters. You can email me at JOHNRFLINN@aol.com with questions or comments.

Sept 3rd Aurora from Oregon

Submitted by: JOHNRFLINN@aol.com at Wed Sep 18 05:20:01 2002 UTC

The distant glow of the Oregon wildfires paled in comparison to the surprize aurora of September 3, 2002. A glowing arch of pale yellow developed in the northern sky around 10:30 PST, Fifteen minutes later shafts of pinkish light rose skyward from the arch. This display lasted until about 11:20 PST. Taken from Eagle's Rest near Dexter, OR using Provia 400F pushed 1.5 stops. Lens used was a Nikor 35mm F 1.4 shot at F 2.0 for 15 seconds. You may contact me at JOHNRFLINN@aol.com.

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