Not Work

Tonight was a night that felt not at all like work. It’s the home stretch to summer, or as I joke but not really joke, my hibernation.

We were with friends tonight, photographers, the most beautiful moonrise and and clear sky. Cloud banks casually passed far to the south of us. The temperature was nice, the wind was little and twilight of both sunset and sunrise was lingering. Everything was just perfect. These nights to the end, please.

Sean NormanApril
Welcome Back

And here you thought we were done for the season.

Aurora season is winding down, that’s no secret, but I still have some nights left this year if the weather keeps it’s act together for more than a few hours.

Sean Norman
The Perfect Reveal

Running up and down the Ingraham Trail like we were trying to escape a tidal wave coming from spring melt. But then we came just outside of town to the west and as the clouds cleared completely overhead they revealed a very faint green curtain momentarily dancing above us.

Sean NormanApril
Fall Feelings

Where’s the windshield wiper switch again, I asked myself leaving the house.

We left in rain, which I don’t know if I’ve ever seen in April before, let alone the middle of April, and it continued on off and out of town chasing an orange glow from sunset far, far on the northwest horizon. We managed clear skies, but keeping the aurora in those clear breaks required much running around and many kilometres.

Sean NormanApril
Dodging Another One

It’s been feeling like night after night in April we somehow manage to just nearly escape getting clouded in. Some nights it’s a chase, others more a stakeout, and tonight some combination of the two.

Sean NormanApril
"I Don't Know what I'll Tell My Mum"

It’s 1am on a Thursday night and I believe we’ve all been in this situation.

Just kidding. I know nothing about what you’re thinking. Before I was doing this all night every night, I was sitting in my studio apartment back in Richmond drinking pots of tea watching AuroraMax live. I’m almost so boring that my own mother would be suspicious of me.

But this wasn’t about any of that. It’s about how on earth you actually explain what you’ve seen and experienced to those you care about back home who have no idea. And as always, it was concluded there really cannot be words to this. You just have to experience it.

Sean NormanApril
Last Minute Panic

Everything’s fine until all of a sudden everything is not fine. All that cloud that was slowly passing by on the southern horizon creeped up eating up the city just as I was ready to leave the house tonight. And none of it was in the forecast. It’s not my favourite feeling, but a gentle 60km drive from town revealed clearer and clearer skies and with a lot of luck the aurora seemingly waiting for us.

Sean NormanApril
Everything Just in Time

What a sight for sore eyes. Two days of Octoberish cloud and as our late setting sun was hitting the horizon, clouds cleared and through our few hours tonight, the skies stayed dead clear until it was time to wrap up and venture back into town.

Sean NormanApril
Driveway Moments

Even I was impressed with myself - at the bottom of our front steps looking up to the sky with a friend and we could distinguish, barely, over the bright twilight sky, a strong arc of aurora. ‘tis the season.

Sean NormanApril