0 View Gallery View Comments Where were they? The hour was closer to midnight than noon, and the sky above the small Alaskan town of Talkeetna was as black as a bear’s button nose. Several stars twinkled their encouragement. Before stepping out in the minus-numbing-degree air, I had checked the Aurora Forecast. The rating was a 5, which the Geophysical Institute described as meaning “Auroral activity will be high.” I even had brought along my lucky charm, Aurora Dora. So I ask again: Where were they? “Nature does as nature wants,” said the northern lights photographer as we stood in the middle of an empty street, gazing at a layer of creamy clouds. Related: Popular national parks to raise fees, but far short of previous proposal Aurora Dora piled into her car and, with a shrug of a smile, drove off. I returned to my hotel room and sat by the window, hopeful. The aurora borealis is a staple of Alaskan winters, as common as moose, down skirts and frosted beards. From roughly late August through mid-April, the skies take on a hallucinogenic cast, the result of sun particles colliding with gases and releasing streamers of green, pink, blue, red… Read full this story
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