I learned a few things from my first experience with the northern lights. Lucky for me, I was able to view them many miles from the nearest city the very next evening. There were fewer clouds and I was better prepared with my camera gear. The lights weren’t as intense as I had hoped, but still worth the wait in the dark.
In order to have an open view to the north, Mike and I left the cabin that faces south and walked down a dirt road in the darkness to a small pond. We watched the northern lights together, but after they began to fade, he decided to walk back to the cabin and get some sleep. I opted to wait and see if they would pick up again. After several minutes, I heard a huge “kersplash” in the pond next to me. It was followed by another large splash. As amazing as the aurora was, I quickly gathered my equipment and walked briskly back to the cabin. Perhaps just deer in the pond? I will never know and it may be best to keep it that way.