Wow! This was an amazing trip.  Here was our 4th trip to Alaska in order to observe the Northern Lights.  Aurora were successfully viewed on 4 out of 4 nights—an absolute record– by our group of 11 persons.  Our team included Owen and Eva-Lynn Leibman, Byron and Sharon Braswell, Lynn Palmer, Carol and Mike Wilson, Marcia Krull, Merrill Deming, Nancy Braithwaite and Paul Maley.  The following is a sample of some of the images from our trip.

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March 1, “all sky tube” aurora by B. Braswell. Nikon D7100, 10mm f/2.8, ISO1600, 6 sec. Exposures by Braswell that follow have the same specs.

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Even through the clouds the aurora punched through. B. Braswell photo. 6 seconds.

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A great auroral fan. B. Braswell photo. 8 seconds.

 

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An overhead auroral fan. B. Braswell photo. 6 seconds.

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An auroral fan develops into a swirl.  B. Braswell photo. 5 second exposure.

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One of the highlights was being able to attend the skijorg races. Here are some of images from that event.

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 Skijorg race images by P. Maley

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There is a good reason to look out for moose. They present a hazard to motorists at night but also potentially to visitors who come between a calf and his mother.

At our base of operations (Taste of Alaska Lodge) I did spot the semi-resident moose calf (below) and was able to keep a safe distance  to get some photos.

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Although the temperatures ranged from a high one day of 44 (but generally in the 20’s) to lows of around -6 to +1, it was not cold enough to prevent ice cream (below) which had been sitting outside overnight from becoming soft.

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ISO800, 25 seconds, 14mm f/2.8 lens, Nikon D3100.  Aurora bunny by P. Maley

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Ring of Fire Expeditions 4th Alaska Aurora Viewing Tour group shot with 2 persons missing. P. Maley photo.

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Iridium flare image. 15 second exposure with 14mm F/.2.8 lens by P. Maley

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Feb. 28, 10 seconds at ISO800. 14mm F/2.8 lens. P. Maley photo.

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Bright aurora fan with Polaris and the Big Dipper immersed in it. Feb 27, 10 second exposure, f/5 with 11mm lens, ISO1600. L. Palmer photo.

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Lying under the aurora can be done either in the snow but sometimes more comfortably in a chair. 10 sec exposure, 11mm lens at f/5 at ISO1600, Nikon D3100. L. Palmer photo.

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Intense aurora with someone walking toward us with a red flashlight on.  20 second exposure, ISO800 with 14mm f/2.8 lens. P. Maley photo.

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One of the most impressive auroral swirls with B. Braswell in foreground. 30 second exposure at ISO800, 14mm lens at f/2.8. P.Maley photo.

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A dramatic shape. 10 seconds, ISO1600 11mm lens f/5. L. Palmer photo.

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It was not clear 100% of the time. Lights of Fairbanks Feb 28, 15 second exposure f/5, 11mm lens at ISO1600. L. Palmer photo.

 transporter_beam1A ‘transporter beam’ overhead. 8 second exposure at ISO800, 14mm lens at f/2.8. Feb 28, 2014 photo by P. Maley

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Is this an auroral version of a tornado? The phenomenon does take on unusual shapes, this being one of them. 8 second exposure ISO800, 14mm lens at f/2.8. P.Maley photo.

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I found it hard to break away from photography no matter how cold it got. Photo of this author by B. Braswell.

 

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Group photo by B. Braswell.  Front row (left to right) Owen Leibman, Eva-Lynn Leibman, Paul Maley, Lynn Palmer, Marcia Krull, Sharon Braswell. Back row (left to right) Nancy Braithwaite, Merrill Deming, Mike Wilson, Carol Wilson, Byron Braswell.

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Immaculate Conception Church in Fairbanks. B. Braswell photo.

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The Chena River in downtown Fairbanks in early March. B. Braswell photo.

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A musher with his dog. M. Krull photo.

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Dogs at Chena Lodge. M. Krull photo.

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Arctic sunset. M. Krull photo.

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