The Sentinel – Auroras at Lake Minnewanka

First of all, let me set the scene: this is what the aurora eventually ended up looking like at Minnewanka this past Monday night (Canadian Thanksgiving). This was actually taken at 2:30 AM on Tuesday morning.

“Eerie Finale”

Now for the unusual part:

If you get out enough you’re bound to get lucky…

I haven’t been this excited about a photo in a long time. When this shot was taken I was perhaps not the most thrilled photographer. It was the second night in a week that I went chasing the auroras all night and they were hidden somewhere behind a veil of clouds (as you can tell from the surreal sky) even though the rest of the country seemed to be seeing them.

It turns out that I was completely unaware that I was taking one of my most memorable shots. This morning I noticed a visitor made his way into the frame and I could not believe my eyes. The owl is surprisingly sharp in this 5-second exposure. Thanks to the Minnewanka boat docks for lighting the bird perfectly, and to Mother Nature for providing the perfect perch and background.

"The Sentinel" - Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, by Paul Zizka Photography.

“The Sentinel” – Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, by Paul Zizka Photography.

Finally, here are a few more images from that spectacular and memorable night.

Curtains Above Mount Inglismaldie

The “aftermath”…

9 Responses to “The Sentinel – Auroras at Lake Minnewanka”

  1. Meghan J. Ward

    Reblogged this on THE CAMPSITE and commented:

    Paul spent the night out chasing auroras and was originally a bit disappointed when he got home. Clouds had veiled the auroras wherever he went despite the fact that people across the country seemed to be seeing them. As it turns out, he came home with something pretty magical…

  2. Inspired and pretty

    These two photos took my breath away ! They are extraordinarily beautiful !

  3. Susan

    These photographs are amazing. I’ve never seen anything like them before. Can copies be purchased?


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