English is not my native language and so I actually did not know the meaning of “Fleeting”, the theme of this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge, when I first saw it. Searching on Google returned “Lasting for a very short time”. Great, without a second thought, I know what I should post. Step forward, Miss Aurora Borealis.
Strictly speaking Aurora Borealis is not necessarily fleeting because she can last for very long time. However as she can also completely disappear in an instant, she does mean fleeting to me. Indeed, the fact that she can also appear out of nowhere suddenly makes her one of the most unpredictable natural phenomena.
So picking the subject is easy this time but picking the actual picture to post is difficult. Even though I have seen her several times and took a lot of pictures, I still can’t get one which looks as stunning as the other ones you see in books, postcards or even on your friend’s sharing on Facebook. In fact a lot of them were complete failure.
This one was taken in a photo tour we had in Abisko this year. According to the photographer, that night was THE night as the light was spectacular. I really had high hope on the pictures but when I reviewed them back to my computer, what I got were lots of out of focus picture – and I think focusing is the biggest difficulty in shooting Aurora Borealis. This one was one of the better ones. It was a disappointing photography session but an unforgettable viewing experience.