Friday Photo #16 from Lapland

This is timely here on our farm in Georgia USA, because this morning we’re starting out at about the same temperature (-16C/3F) it was when I took this photo around midnight one night in December 2011, inside the Arctic Circle in Saariselkä, Finnish Lapland.

NorthernLights

Click the photo to enlarge. See 237 more photos from all over Finland in the Finland Gallery at EarthPhotos.com. And here are all the Friday Photos.

We’re deep into preparation for another trip into the Arctic next month. We’ll be in Svalbard hoping to see the 20 March total solar eclipse. Weather permitting, I’ll have eclipse photos and many more aurora photos here on CS&W then.

 

Arctic Eclipse, March 2015

Eclipse

The countdown is on. Less than sixty days until we’re headed up to Svalbard for the 20 March total solar eclipse. At the North Pole itself, the sun returns after a polar night that has lasted 6 months and is eclipsed the same day. That’s just incredible, romantic, coincidental and, I’m guessing, utterly rare.

800 miles south of the pole, way down at 78.22 degrees north latitude, totality for those of us at Longyearbyen will last two minutes and twenty seven seconds, similar to the length of totality at Lake Balaton, Hungary, for the 11 August, 1999 eclipse, which is where the photo above comes from.

This is a real adventure trip with the possibility of seeing polar bears, the aurora borealis and later, a day trip to try to get close to the currently erupting volcano in Iceland, weather permitting. Much more to come.

The Things You Miss When You’re Away

Catching up on a few things, since we've been away:

– It seems that the archepelagic nation of Kiribati has bought 25 square kilometres on Viti Levu, the main Fijian island, in case, well, Kiribati disappears. Climate change insurance.

Nice piece from photographer Tim McKulka on the two Sudans. He spent five years traveling and taking pictures there. That's dedication.

– The closest land is Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, 1,090 miles (1,750 km) away. It's the most remote island in the world.

This looks pretty terrible, even outdoing Apsley Cherry-Garrard's The Worst Journey in the World (which, by the way, is free on Kindle).

– Looks like the northern – and southern – lights were active while we were away from the internet in Cuba. It's hard to believe this photo is real.