In February I visited Iceland for the second time with some friends. One of them actually mostly joined us for the opportunity to see the Northern Lights, aka Aurora Borealis. While I knew you can’t be sure to see them just by going somewhere north during wintertime, I was definitely hopeful. And our wishes were granted. The first night I noticed something in the sky that I couldn’t quite define. Was it a cloud? I took a picture with a long shutterspeed from the car (very artistic), and it revealed a green spot in the sky! I became the ‘aurora spotter’, pretty much pointing my camera to anything that slightly resembled this strange phenomenon. The second night, the spot became a curve stretching out from the left to the right. And the third night, we spent hours outside freezing our asses off. Because this is what we saw.
Aurora timelapse in Iceland from els vanopstal on Vimeo.
I miss this place. So peaceful, calm, wonderful. I find myself drawn to lakes all over the world. I can imagine myself sitting there, reading a book, writing in my notebook, taking pictures. Wading through the water. Watching fish swim around my feet. Will I ever go back to this one? I don’t know. There are still so many other places to visit, to explore. The heart always asks for more. More of this.
© Els Vanopstal