Aurora Borealis during impact...

Aurora Borealis during impact of a massive X17 class Solar CME that took place in October of 2003. In anticipation of the event I hiked Mt. St. Helena with my brothers and waited. Around local midnight someone threw the switch and the sky lit up like a toaster oven.

California - Who knew?


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Velebit - Dec 15, 2005 3:17 pm - Voted 10/10


Fantastic Aurora shot clay! That event was also visible here in Croatia but I didn't know about it till it became news and then it was too late, of course. I was so mad and disappointed about not knowing about it and missed opportunity because on this latitude this happens very rarely. When is next coronal mass ejection? :-)



Misha - Dec 21, 2005 1:23 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Dream

Lovely! I hope to see this with my own eyes next summer. Simply can't wait

The North Face

The North Face - Dec 21, 2005 8:59 am - Voted 10/10

Not Bad

I really have to admit that I have never seen something like this. Is this comparable to the polar lights?

But of course this is an amazing pic. PERFECT SHOT !!!

John Climber

John Climber - Dec 21, 2005 12:16 pm - Hasn't voted

Never seen before shot


This is not exactly a mountain photo, but with that colours and the efford to photograph it...who cares indeed! Very rare shot. Congratulations.


eza - Dec 21, 2005 3:30 pm - Voted 10/10

Honest? Is this real?

Hi Clay, I simply can't believe this beauty to be real... Or maybe I'm just being jealous about it ;-) ... It's a wonderful shot and an incredible experience, thanks for sharing it.


colint - Dec 21, 2005 4:18 pm - Voted 10/10


I live in Fairbanks, AK, and cannot say I've seen lights like that!


Hammer - Dec 23, 2005 11:13 am - Voted 5/10

Sorry about the vote

Although a great shot--to me it has little to do with the mountain culture.


BriMo - Dec 23, 2005 3:34 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Sorry about the vote

"Beauty is truth, truth beauty. That is all ye know, and all ye need to know."

He went up into the hills, Ham, in pursuit of a beautiful dream. That's got something to do with mountain culture, hasn't it? Or is there some severely practical purpose in mountaineering that I've been missing?


WildmanDallas - Dec 24, 2005 3:22 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Sorry about the vote

If he took the pic from on top of a mountain then it's a mountain pic; further, climbing the mountain is what gave him the great shot. There are two views in mountain photography: that of the mountain and what you see when on the mountain.


climbingchic - Dec 25, 2005 11:46 pm - Hasn't voted

Way to go!!

Killer, killer picture!!! I SOO miss the northern lights!!!


bakesesale - Feb 10, 2007 12:28 am - Hasn't voted


that is an amazing shot!!! i was living in pittsburg california at the time, but was not able to see the aurora. i was greatly dissappointed, but it is amazing to be able to see such a wounderful sight


Eleutheros - Mar 10, 2007 11:44 pm - Voted 10/10



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