Last night, the Northern Lights graced us with their presence as our boat flew through the icy fjord connecting Sarfannguit with Sisimiut, Greenland. We stood on the back of the boat, idling just so its passengers could get a good glimpse of the lights. I managed to capture this natural beauty on my iphone. Alice, digital guru extraordinaire, did not. I rubbed it in the rest of the night. Tonight, the Northern Lights reappeared and while I retreated to my hotel room, Alice snuck back outside and sought her revenge.
So excited that my iphone was able to capture the swirls of green light that illuminate the Greenlandic sky, I produced this picture. Oh, how proud I was.
Tonight, as we walked back from the UNESCO World Heritage Conference where we spent the day networking, work-shopping, and presenting (full report soon), we spotted the Northern Lights again. I retreated to my room exhausted, but Alice had other plans. Armed with one of her DSLR cameras, she went back outside. She just sent me her shots.
This is a Northern Lights showdown.
So...who won? (I can feel the betrayal already).
I am an anthropology professor, writer, researcher and global traveler. This fall, I will be recording a research trip to Greenland as a virtual field trip for my students (and anyone else interested). Join us as we travel to the Arctic and learn about life in the far north.