Wednesday, 20 January 2016

pale fire over the sky

'Then came the northern lights–drifts of pale fire over the sky– spears of light, as of empyrean armies– pale, elusive hosts retreating and advancing. Emily lay and watched them in rapture. Her soul was washed pure in that great bath of splendour…Such moments come rarely into any life, but when they do come they are inexpressibly wonderful– as if the finite were for a second infinity– as if humanity were for a space uplifted into divinity– as if all ugliness had vanished, leaving only flawless beauty.'

I wasn't sure what I'd write about to accompany these photos or if I was going to write anything. But then I stumbled on the L. M. Montgomery quote above, and thought it was rather neat. I do have to admit that even though I'm a fan of Montgomery's books (especially when I was younger), I've not read the Emily trilogy from which the quote is from. I love revisiting childhood favourites so a trip to the library might be in order! I've also been loving the amount of aurora borealis happening this winter since the sky's been green and purple on pretty much every clear night. This is a collection of photos from a few nights I've been able to catch some fairly nice shots and there's northern lights again tonight which might lure me outside again. No matter how often I see them I cannot get enough. They will always just be so beautiful. Makes me feel quite lucky to be able to see them so often.


Shireen L. Platt said...

The photography is beautiful! Is this the Northern Lights? And may I know what camera you used to capture these shots?

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Amy said...

I've always wanted to see the Northern Lights! Your photos are gorgeous ♥
Amy xx

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Sybil said...

omg!! this is amazing!!! the northern lights are so clear in your side of the world. we get to see them here in Canada too once in a while but not as clear and majestic as it is in this post!!

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Irene said...

Voi että onpa nättejä kuvia! Oon niin katkera etten vieläkään oo ikinä nähnyt revontulia, watch me take off to Lapland just for them... :D xx

Laila said...

WOW, Laura, I am so impressed with your pictures! I've seen the Northern Lights twice and my photos are basically non-existent they were so terrible. That L M Montgomery quote is perfect - I've not read it before but it's beautiful. xxx

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Fabulous, bewitching photos accompanied by a thought provoking quote.

Best wishes

Suzy said...

WOW! These pictures are AMAZING!

Wishing You A Wonderful New Week!
xoxo Suzy ( ˘ ³˘)♥

Jenna Opsahl said...

I am sooooooooo jealous. It's my one bucket list item to see the Northern Lights. These photos are so stunning! And beautiful quote too.


Kati said...

Wow, this must have been quite a sight to see this!


Imogen said...

Wow this is so incredible, how amazing to capture this beautiful.

Hena Tayeb said...

how beautiful.. very lucky indeed

Laura Jones said...

Shireen L. Platt - thank you so much, lovely! so nice of you to say so! and yes, these are northern lights:-) i have a canon 60d! x

Amy - thank you, dear! they really are a pretty sight to see:-) xx

Sybil - thank you, lady! these really have been the best northern lights i've seen, it's been a good winter that way! and i think the more north you go the better they get:-) x

Irene - kiitos, ihana! haha, sun täytyy kyllä tehä lapin reissu kuhan kerkeät! xx

Laila - why, thank you, laila darling, means a lot! and haha, they can be tricky, i've basically been staying outside just long enough not to die of the cold.. and i hadn't read the quote before either, but really liked it! xxx

Joseph Pulikotil - thank you, thank you! best wishes to you too, friend! x

Suzy - thank you so much, chick! xx

Jenna Opsahl - i hope you get to see them soon enough! and thank you very much, honey! xx

Kati - they really are quite beautiful, girl! x

Imogen - thank you, dove! xx

Hena Tayeb - really is, hun! and only having been away from the northern lights made me realize that i was so lucky to have grown up seeing them, haha:-) x

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