Geomagnetic Storm Sunrise
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
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
Jack and Mt. Washington highlight the distant horizon. The wildflowers in th
foreground are appropriately Epilobium angustifolium (Fireweed). Nikon
Sensia 100 Film, Nikor 35mm wide angle lens at F8. Comments and questi
welcome at JOHNRFLINN@aol.com or CelestialScenics.com.
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Aurora, Orion and the Three Sisters
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
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.
Days of Wine and Auroras
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!
Perseid Aurora Show 8/12/00
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.
Nostalgia - August 12, 2000 Aurora Display
JOHNRFLINN@aol.com at Tue Feb 18 02:34:01 2003 UTC
While waiting for the annual Perseid Meteor shower, a wonderf
seemed to climax over the Oregon Cascades at around 3:30 AM PST. It was t
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
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
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
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.
Birthplace of Stars?
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!
Moonlit Aurora over Cascades
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
Unusual Clouds during a Geomagnetic Storm
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
The Perfect Storm - Vortex Aurora
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 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,
Sunset during Sept 7th Geomagnetic Storm
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
I would be curious to see if other people have noticed unusual cloud shapes
and colors during geomagnetic storms. You can contact me at
Oldie but Goodie Hale Bopp 98
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
Sept 3rd Aurora from Oregon
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
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