Last week I went on holiday to a place I had wanted to go since I was about 15 and my hubby (Steve) since he was 8 years old.
We just hadn't gotten round to it or something, anyway I sold my crappy car for peanuts and saved away knowing it was Steve's birthday coming up, it was all a suprise and I was so excited.
We went to Iceland, I wanted to see the landscape, the extremes, the people, taste the food and to see the Northern lights.
We went out on Wednesday night to see the lights and stood in darkness under mostly cloud which is not good for seeing them.
It had snowed that day, we managed to find a small spot of starry sky but nothing appeared.
We were not deterred, Thursday night we went out again (Steves's Birthday), pure clear sky and we had a good feeling we would see them.
The clothing I was wearing was great for the first two hours then it got to midnight and it was freezing and all we had seen was a smear across the sky.
Then on a slow exposure (7 minutes on the camera) a green smear appeared which we could not even see.
We couldn't beleive our eyes, then a further 2 more 7 minute exposures of similar effects we could actually see them emerging.
It was subtle and slow at first then gradually got brighter and brighter and spread across the pitch black starry sky, like paint on a wet paper.
It was fantastic, what a birthday present, I love nature it's weird, unpredictable and so powerful.
We are now planning a summer trip camping and kayaking.
Here is a link to my Steve's photos