The earlier post regarding my intense planetary love for Saturn sent me down a rabbit hole of solar system pics. I was reminded that Earth is not the only planet that features beautiful auroras. Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune (whose auroras I couldn’t find an image of) and Uranus also display glowing polar lights. All these planets have magnetic fields, the key ingredient in the auroral recipe.
"Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens, Feisol tripod. Exposure time 199 seconds at f/11, ISO 200. Combination of natural lighting from the full moon and illuminating with a flashlight, a red headlamp held high, and blue electroluminescent wire.
The 199-second exposure was enough time to run up some boulders, “light paint” the rock, run back down, run around the rock a few times with a red headlamp held high, then continue light painting with blue electroluminescent wire, otherwise known as El Wire, which is a thin copper wire coated in a phosphor which glows when an alternating current is applied to it.
Much of these photos were edited - and these two web pages of our December 2012 trip to Joshua Tree were created - while listening to Brian Eno’s “On Land”, “Apollo”, and “Another Green World” to continue the feeling of how I felt to be outside at night taking these photos.”