Northern Lights

Ever since I saw Bert Gildart’s night sky shots in Airstream Life magazine, I wanted to mess around with nighttime photography.

First I needed a Digital Timer Remote Control so I could keep the shutter open for a long time and second, I needed a sky without a lot of light pollution.


Everything finally came together this week during the new moon. I set up the tripod and took some test shots and then set the timer to do it’s thing.


While we were inside watching season 4 of Downton Abbey, I think we missed a Northern Lights show.

The top photo is actually 50 or so shots layered on top of each other. The north star is in the center.

2014 Cost of Camping:
126 night paid camping
113 nights free camping
239 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $3274.79
Daily average cost of camping: $13.70

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  • Reply Laura Domela August 28, 2014 at 9:46 am


  • Reply Amanda August 28, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Wow! I am so impressed!

  • Reply John and Pam Wright August 28, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I forgot all about the Northern Lights. We are in Waterton Lakes, Canada right now. We will be in Jasper NP in two weeks which is a designated dark zone. I hope I can witness the Northern Lights.

    • Reply Leigh August 28, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Hey Pam, according to the photos it happened around 10:30pm. We’re going to look for it again tonight. Hope we both get to see them!

      • Reply John and Pam Wright August 28, 2014 at 4:43 pm

        Thanks for the information, Leigh. We will be in Alberta until Sept 22. We are in Jasper for seven days the second week in Sept so we, hopefully, will see something!!! Good Luck with you search.

  • Reply Jim and Gayle August 28, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Great shots, wish I was there.


  • Reply Moira August 28, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Nice star trail photo, and wow – the northern lights – so lucky to have caught that!

  • Reply Rich August 29, 2014 at 8:54 am

    yes it certainly is hard to find a dark place for stargazing…it’s great you got such good shots despite those inconsiderate people leaving the lights on in their Stupid Trailer! Honestly you would think they would at LEAST close their curtains! 🙂

  • Reply Upriverdavid August 30, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Don’t you love our Dark Sky?..I live by Lake Chelan, every night I go outside, look up, and YELL..YES!!!!

    • Reply Leigh August 31, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      We LOVE it!!

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