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Beam me up, Scotty by uberfischer Beam me up, Scotty by uberfischer
My fear of the dark are well-documented. Beginning of last week i challenged this fear on a whole new level...

The aurora forecast was promising and i decided to do my best at capturing this phenomenon. As darkness was approaching i put on my climbing skins and started the long climb towards one of the many mountains in the area. First i had to walk through the mountainforest, with crooked creepy trees. I distracted myself by constantly looking up to the sky instead of looking around for ghosts. Once i got over the treeline i was forced to forget my fears for about an`s impossible to be afraid when your climbing up a ridiculously steep mountain... I`d rather be exhausted than scared shitless :-)

Eventually i reached the area just under the peak. My original plan was to climb all the way up to the top, but i was too exhausted to even consider such a thing.

My eyes wander across the beautiful mountainscape. The sky was getting darker, but my eyes had adjusted enough to get a good view of the scenario. Suddenly i see a creature about 100 meters ahead of me. A characteristic shape quicly moving across the white mountain. The illusive wolverine... Not the most common creature to see. I`ve spent a day or two in the mountains over the years, but this was only the second time i`ve come across this cute predator. What a nice start to the evening....

There was no sign of the aurora yet. I looked up at the clear blue sky, and when i say blue i really mean blue... I saw a white cloud and started to worry that clouds would come rolling in. I stared at this weak cloud when it suddenly started moving. Not moving like you would expect from a regular cloud, it started dancing...up and down and from side to side. When i realized it was the aurora i must have looked like Hank Moody in the company of 20 naked strippers....

I then started the search for compositional spots. Really not that difficult in such a place. I fired away frame after frame, constantly moving around. Then the action really exploded. The aurora was more intense than i`ve ever seen before, and i`ve lived up here my entire life. It only lasted for a few minutes, but i`ll remember it for quite some time...

At one point the light would come straight up from the peak, like there was someone doing nuclear testing just behind it. I shot at iso 800 at f/4 and shutterspeeds down to 2 secs. The landscape became significantly brighter and i just smiled for myself... This is 4 seconds of concentrated northern lights beaming up from the highest peak. I have another shot where it seriously looks like the whole mountain is about to go off, but i`ll save that for later...

A couple of hours later i was standing at the same spot i shot this one [link] when i heard footsteps in the snow. The snow was windswept and crunchy so i could hear everything quite clearly. I froze when i saw the silhouette of the wolverine just about 50 meters in front of me. It just stood there watching me for a while before it disappeared. 10 minutes later the same thing happened...this time it appeared closer. My heart was pounding... I`ve never heard of a wolverine attacking humans, but in the dark bent over my camera i could pretty easily be mistaken for a big fat reindeer. I dont have horns, or anything that could resemble horns, at least not on my head, but still.... Kinda like surfers attacked by sharks thinking they were seals :-)

I packed my gear and rushed towards the steep mountainside where i had planned to ski down. In complete darkness with a wolverine circling me in... I somehow managed to get home safely without breaking any bones or becoming the nightly meal for the wolverine....ahhh...good times!

iso 800
4 sec

Have terrific weekend everyone!




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Shadowkey392 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Nature's propane torch (at least it kinda looks like that),
Yami-Marik93 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
every time something neat like that, it get very cloudy, like I miss the solar eclipse cuz it was cloudy and I the miss the northern or southern lights cuz it was cloudy. I even miss the blue moon cuz it was cloudy.
RasmusWAndersen Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

You've been featured -> [link]
I hope you appreciate it!
thanksthatisenough Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
your lovely work is featured at :iconwater-and-nature-art: - have a look please and enjoy [link]
JoostHermans Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great story, and amazing shot. :peace:
silvestru Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Photographer
coby111 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
My favorite. I like the sleek streamline appearance.
Dieffi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured this beautyful picture in my "True Blue"-collection [link]!
I hope you will agree and enjoy!

FreakyLaurent Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Photographer
Breathtaking & well written on your trek to the mountains!

Would love to capture those !
dominique-merot Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Incredible capture!
KiusLady Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
What a superb shot! The story really adds to it too; I always love hearing what went into creating amazing art!!!
Darkroom317 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Beautiful shot
EvaMcDermott Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Excellent image Arild! Interesting story makes it even better.
jenfire1212 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
i applaud your courage :) and enjoy the results. one of my favorite aurora shots!!
electricblue86 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
Amazing story!
kittykaos Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi :wave:
Your wonderful art has been featured here!
Have a great day =D=D=D
lamour13 Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
(picks up her mandibule from the floor) This is the most beautiful aurorae photograph I`ve ever seen...
Dubai-HearT Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
what a great photo :#1: :+fav:
nivaun Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
The story alone is great, the photo makes it so much better.
Simounet Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing shot ! :clap: :+fav:
Aamarka Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing shot and love the story. =)
beachelf Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
100% Awesomeness!!! :clap:

Thank you for giving us (me) a glimpse of this wonderful display of nature which most of us (me) will probably never actually experience!

btw.. I found your story as enjoyable as the image.. And I'm waiting to see your "shot where it seriously looks like the whole mountain is about to go off"!
Victoria-M Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
Lovely shot! Thanks for the story :)
abarai-san Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist
wow- just like the old days- climb up the mountain and ski down! :D
ariseandrejoice Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional Photographer
Wow!!! Unbelievable shot, amazing story - thank you!!!
szymonomyzs Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
VirtualWords Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
Cool! I like it! Great concept, and shot! Congrat! Fav.
SpinningStarshine Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Student General Artist
Featured. [link] Congratulations. :heart:
R-evolution-GFX Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Professional General Artist

is all I can say

BTW I'd be deeply appreciative if you can take a quick look at my semi-finalist design battle entry
:target: [link] :target: :please:
And possibly fav/comment on it to help it make the finals :fingerscrossed:
Cheers for any and all support :worship:
marc-savioz Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
Really well done
Olorin-The-Grey Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
Featured :heart: [link]
Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
Hello! :wave:

Your amazing art has been featured in my journal--->[link]

Have a great week! :iconsecrethandshakeplz2:
erezmarom Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Professional Photographer
Fantastic shot and a story that just adds so much to it! Great job man.
alban-expressed Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
Stunning moment and thanks for sharing your story. As they say, always do what you are afraid of. :-)
danUK86 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010   General Artist
cool story and fanastic shot!
Noncsi28 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
Amazing picture! Great shot :clap:
Kulor Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
Brilliant. Is there a higher resolution version anywhere?
Ballisticvole Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely fantastic.
Junno-Bebe Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Good that you overcame your fear and made this great shot :manhug:
ghcfuytf Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
I never knew what the aurora was until I read Nothern Lights-Philip Pullman when I was 14, and now my dream is to see it in real life. It really facinates me.
Bojkovski Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful colors
good capture
EmilStojek Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010   Photographer
Craigfish Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning image!
Pistolpete2007 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic capture.
Andrei-Petrache Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
Amazing pictures and story:) you are definitely an arist.
fotottiv Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
ajajaajaj terrific history............excelente shot!
molasses0205 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the shot. Well worth you facing your fears. :D :hug:
project-speris Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
HOLY SH!T! this is amazing! XD
WingDiamond Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
... There's obviously no intelligent life on THIS :pointr::earth: Planet!
MystykNess Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's awesome! I like the title; it's cute. ^w^
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