Yesterday was a magic day. Our son, Brian, came to Sitka to visit and Sitka obliged. We were watching Jamestown Bay when a pod of whales exploded from a bubble net. Then there was a beautiful sunset, but the best was yet to come. My Aurora app told me that we were having a magnetic storm. The day had been cloudy and the forecast was for more clouds and rain, but at sunset the skies opened up. I grabbed my DSLR and tripod and Suzi, Brian and I headed out to Starrigavan. For some reason my DSLR, which had taken hundreds of Aurora shots, was not working so I used the camera I had, my iPhone 13. While the pictures are grainy I was amazed at what that little phone camera could do.
We started at Starrigavan. The orange light was a boat just behind an island.
After Starrigavan we went to the ramp at the University of Alaska Southeast to look at the aurora over Sitka. It was bright enough that even the bright lights of the harbors could not dim the green glow.
Finally we drove to Silver Bay. The clouds had rolled in and, even though we were just off of a new moon without much moonlight, the clouds glowed in front of the aurora. The white clouds and the snow on the mountains gave the fjord a strange glow.