With a good aurora predicted for last night I set out from home at 11:30pm to make my way to Banff National Park and the open dark skies around Lake Minnewanka. As I approached the mountains a thick heavy cloudbank hung over everything, the prediction was for 'some cloud' but I didn't expect it all to be in the same place, I still continued to the lake in the hope that the sky might clear. As you'll see in the gallery below it never actually did but I think it really adds to the mood. For much of the time it ruined every shot but occasionally it provided a wonderful addition to the star filled skies. I set up the camera around 12:30am and took shots until about 3:00am. Two girls from France arrived and set up close to me but struggled to get any shots before they got fed up and left again disappointed that they didn't see much of an aurora. It was literally only minutes after they left that the sky behind Mt Astley lit up and sprites danced across the ridge from east to west, for a short time everything was perfect and I made some nice shots that made the trip worthwhile. Mountains being what they are, you never really know what you're going to get weather wise, but sometimes if you put yourself out there you are rewarded for your efforts and last night was one of those nights.
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