Shawn Malone of Marquette, Mich. has created a masterpiece of video. She recently finished a year-long project shooting more than 10,000 pictures of the aurora borealis from 33 separate locations on many cold nights.
“It took a lot of coffee, a bit of tenacity and persistence to get this into a form of coherent electrified cosmic goodness,” writes Malone. Although I’ve never met Shawn, we’ve exchanged friendly e-mails and her work regularly appears on Spaceweather. I like to think of her covering the aurora from Lake Superior’s south shore while I keep vigil here along the north shore. Naturally, she has an advantage – the whole of Lake Superior is her reflecting pool for those awesome greens and reds captured so beautifully in the video.
Some of my favorite moments in the many time lapses include the heron walking along the beach, a magnificent eruption of deep red rays and the full moon fogbow beneath the aurora in the final sequence. I like that Malone spent time recording both the quieter side of the northern lights – those many low, green arcs – as well as its wild magic. Kudos for the nice soundtrack also.
Click on the photo or go HERE to see the video. It’s in HD (high-definition) and will run slowly on some computers unless you wait a few minutes for it to load. You can also toggle the HD button to off for a real-time view. Either way it’s dynamite.
Be sure to read the comments Shawn included on the same page as the video. I hope you enjoy the show as much as I did.