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Month: November 2010

Mørketid in Tromsø

Mørketid in Tromsø

We started our Saturday with a walk at Telegrafbukta. It was about 12:30 and the sun was setting. We are now officially in “mørketid” – the dark time, but as you can see the sky still gets light and the colours are very pretty!

Tromsø palms silhouetted against the pretty sky My favourite boat house... I can't stop taking photos of it :D

I love this little building, it houses a cafe when the open air museum is open Another favourite place of mine, the jetty at Telegrafbukta

After our walk, we cycled to the city centre to have a look around the shops. I knew the Christmas lights had been put up, so I brought my camera to get some pictures. Tromsø is so pretty at Christmas time 🙂

The city centre all decorated for Christmas Tromsø Cathedral

The Christmas lights have been put up. Hearts are a common theme for Christmas in Norway :) The high street. This is taken at about 14:45 and it's getting very dark

In the evening, I was hoping for some northern lights activity. Although the forecast wasn’t looking too promising, at least the skies were clear! I kept an eye on the webcam, which is very convenient if you don’t want to stand outside (freezing!) all night. At first a faint green glow appeared on the horizon, but then just before 20:00, it exploded across the whole sky! We quickly grabbed warm clothes, camera gear, and a thermos of hot chocolate and jumped in the car. The photos below are taken along Ersfjorden. The lights were dancing all over the sky, it was hard to decide where to point the camera!

The whole sky coloured green, it was amazing!! The lights were dancing all over the sky, I wish I could have taken a video

After a while, the activity died down, and we decided to drive a bit further. We took the road towards Sommarøy, which goes over a very dark mountain pass. The photos below are taken from there. The northern lights had become very diffuse, even though they were still filling the entire sky. On a long exposure (25 seconds) the green still comes out, but to the naked eye it did not have as much colour. While I took the panorama below, some more active northern lights appeared on the horizon, but it didn’t last very long.

Here the northern lights were still filling the whole sky, but they had become quite diffuse. A 25 second exposure brought out the green quite nicely, but in reality we did not see this much colour A panorama of the mountains and aurora. To the far right, an arc of aurora was becoming bright and active

When the hot chocolate was finished, and our feet started to get cold, we decided it was time to go home. Click here to watch an animation of the northern lights last night (wait for the second half of the video) – quite impressive!

A November Afternoon

A November Afternoon

I had a day off today, and since the weather was nice I decided to go out and take some photos. I didn’t get up very early, and at this time of year that means you miss half the day. By the time I reached Hakøya, at about 13:15, the sun had just disappeared behind the mountains. The sunset was pretty, but the light on the opposite sight was even prettier – beautiful pastel pink and blue 🙂

Sunset... taken at 14:30 The colours were even prettier opposite the sunset!

I also stopped at Tisnes, where I found some frozen puddles with really pretty ice formations…

A frozen puddle An artwork of nature :)

The sea/fjord is very shallow here, and some sea ice had formed. I didn’t stay for very long, the last photo is taken at 14:15 and shows the very last light of the day.

The sea is starting to freeze! The last light of the day disappearing, 14:15

I brought some snacks and a thermos with hot tea, a great way to warm up before driving home. The days are so short now, but I am glad I was able to go out and make the most of it 🙂

Losing light & gaining light

Losing light & gaining light

We’re losing daylight very quickly now… These photos were taken a week ago, when it was still possible to watch the sunset after work (at about 16:00). We’re losing 10 minutes every day, and after the clocks went back too, the sun now disappears behind the mountains at 14:00.

One of the last sunsets this year... Paul watching the sunset

Fortunately, we also gain some lights 🙂 my favourite kind! This photo was taken last night. I was on my way to bed, so all I did was step out of the front door to take a quick photo. (This beautiful house has been empty for years… I dream of moving in sometimes :D)

Northern lights, taken from just outside our front door. This house has been empty for many years, isn't that sad?