Monday, May 9, 2011


Northern Lights - Aurora Borealis


When snow falls thick
among bare aspens,
I will wade down into

this vale and begin
to make my soul.
When midnight dawns

frozen with no moon
to silver the night,
I will begin with words

made visible, frozen
words rising on no
wind among the black

blind eyes of bare aspen,
rising into midnight
sky with none to hear

except sleeping ravens,
and the world will grow
rife with strange green fire.

Southern Lights - Aurora Australis

Borealis can be seen in Alaska, Canada and Scandinavia; Australis in Antactica, the southern tip of South America and Australia.

My son and his wife are currently on a boat somewhere visiting China, South Korea, Russia, Alaska and Canada, flying home via New Zealand at the end of the month.  It made me think of the Northern Lights and my hope that he experiences the display whilst there.


Betsy said...

What a fun trip! Amazing!

I'd love to see that amazing sky!

steven said...

i've seen the northern version of the aurora borealis three times. once lying on a beach at night about three hundred miles north of here, once on a plane flying home to england, and once standing on my balcony in toronto about thirty years ago. each time they were blue-green and massive spectral curtains dancing. i can recall each experience distinctly and although i know the science, the magic still fills me. steven

alaine@éclectique said...

Betsy...they're having an amazing time, have seen The Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City. Japan was originally included in the cruise before the trouble there.

alaine@éclectique said...

Steven...a great way to experience it, lying on a beach! From a plane would be magic too. I can't remember if I've ever seen the australis but if I had, surely I would remember it!

I hope Dane and Pam see it.

T. Clear said...

Goal in this lifetime: to witness these firsthand.


alaine@éclectique said...

T....shutting my eyes; can't tell you what my wish is, dear friend.

Maison de lin said...


It's just amazing, verry nice blogspot, thanks.

Greetings from Belgium

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, just haunting, aren't they. You can occasionally see the Northern Lights from Scotland. In Orkney and Shetland they are known as the 'Mirrie (Merry) Dancers' which is a lovely name, I think. You can't see them here at this time of year though, as the nights are too short and light.