Aurora Borealis – Northern (unusually southern) Lights!

Last Friday, the 12th of September, was quite unusual. There had been lots of solar activity earlier that week and a pretty strong geomagnetic storm was predicted to arrive to earth on Friday. The predictions said that the storm would reach lever 6 or G2 and that auroras could be seen as far south as Helsinki and even further south in Estonia and British Isles.

Indeed they were right and even though the moon was up, it was pretty cloudy and I didn’t have a chance to leave the light polluted city area for a better place I got some photos of the northern lights from Tapiola Espoo! Smile 

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Storm clouds again

No lightning this time. Somehow I didn’t get any good shots of the awesome lightning show during the day. Have to try again with different settings during the next storm. The front was quite spectacular though as you can see… Smile

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Flash & Thunder

Last night there was a small thunderstorm front going over Helsinki and I managed to get a few shots. Nothing extraordinary though since I was a little bit late on the rooftop. The shot below is a composite of 4 strikes and quite heavily cropped, need to bring a longer lens next time. Smile

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Muskrats and a grass snake in Suomenoja

I went to the unofficial bird sanctuary in Suomenoja today thinking of getting some nice shots of a few ducklings. The day turned out better than expected since I happened to see some muskrat (piisami) babies and also a full grown muskrat. The little ones were quite courageous and when I sat still they wandered up from the water to eat the fresh grass spouts. Still they were pretty hard to photograph since there was almost always grass, leaves or shrubs in the way. Later I had chance encounter with a grass snake (rantakäärme) while photographing some flowers. So all in all a pretty good afternoon and managed to see the ducklings with their mother too. Smile

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Thanks for viewing!