Perfect laziness

About some winter remnants: A patch of snow, ground frost and most of all: Northern Lights. But spring is near.

Sometimes I wake up in the deep of the night. Sometimes I look through the window. Sometimes there’s polar light. For example one hour ago at 2:30. The Northern Lights have been around the whole evening but they were so faint, that there were hardly visible. Now they where much clearer and intensity was increasing.

I wanted to take pictures, but I was lazy. Should I really dress, get my camera equipment and take the car to a nice place? No, I was too lazy! I just put on my down overall over the pyjamas, went into the neoprene boots that I use for paddling, took tripod and camera and went out.

I was lucky, the aurora was a nice one tonight and high up in the sky. It’s these moments, where I’m still filled with joy, that I may live here, even if I’ve been living in Skellefteå and Skelleftehamn for almost five years now.

You see, that there is still snow in my front yard. My back yard is even still covered with a layer of 20 cm of hard-packed snow. Standing outside on the snow in a warm overall and looking at the polar light felt almost a bit like winter. The temperature however was hardly below zero and the expedition down overall was much too warm, of course. In the northeast you could see the sky already getting light a bit, even if it was no more than 3 o’clock. Sunrise will already be at 5:15, a sign that spring is near.

7 comments to “Perfect laziness”

  1. Sabine 2015-04-11 10:16

    Still northern lights!!! Lucky you.

  2. way-up-north 2015-04-11 10:47

    As long it is dark, it’s possible to see the Northern Lights, Sabine. But in round a month the night sky will start to be too bright for the aurora, if it’s not extremely strong.

    Hell und Dunkel (German).

  3. Ma HB 2015-04-11 19:05

    Olaf, it would be my dream, to see this Northern Lights in nature. Should I visit you at this time next year? A phantastic spectacle – therefore I would get out off my bed in the night!! Have a nice sunday. Yours Ma HB

  4. Sylvia 2015-04-12 12:51

    Keine Frage, dafür würde ich auch aufstehen, aber hier nützt das leider nix. Ich würde mich im Winter auch auf den Weg machen in den Norden, wenn garantiert wäre, dass ich dann Nordlichter sähe , aber die Garantie gibt es eben auch nicht, so bleiben nur Deine tollen Fotos………….

  5. way-up-north 2015-04-12 15:29

    Ma HB, I really wish that you’ll see the Northern Lights in real some day. But, as you know, there’s never a guarantee for this. After I moved to Skelleftehamn I saw the first aurora in October 2010 and the second in Mars 2011!

    Sylvia: Du sagst selbst, eine Garantie gibt es nicht und das stimmt leider. Am Besten ist es wohl, sich im Winter mal auf in den Norden zu machen, ohne etwas zu erwarten. Vielleicht hast Du Glück. Sonst einfach den nächsten Winter wieder probieren ;-)

  6. Annika 2015-04-13 10:49

    Sylvia: das Winterlicht da oben lohnt sich allemal, auch ohne Aurora!!!

  7. way-up-north 2015-04-13 20:51

    Definitiv, Sylvia. Ich finde das Licht im Winter besonders schön. Aber ich mag den Winter ja eh besonders gerne.

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