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The church in the first image had so many spotlights and Christmas lights. We stopped to take photos because every single gravestone had been decked with Christmas lights.

Everyone else in the coach rushed to the church to get detailed cemetery shots but I stayed behind. I can borrow a shot of the graveyard but knew that only a good camera would have caught the Aurora Borealis behind it. Besides which it was cold.

For the most part the lights didn't look green at all. Instead they looked as if some massive invisible trawler was towing white curtain netting across the sky.

FilbertFox says:

pretty pretty lights

2nd Jan 2010, 20:50

crickson says:

I've always always wanted to see the aurora borealis....

2nd Jan 2010, 22:01

Tori says:

I hope to see that in person some day.

2nd Jan 2010, 22:33

mtn_hermit says:

I used to see them, growing up. I miss them.

3rd Jan 2010, 01:11

Very nice. Disappointing that they don't look as good in real life.

3rd Jan 2010, 02:16

Sprocket says:

oooooooooooooooooohhhhh and aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh

3rd Jan 2010, 08:04

harimanjaro says:

Something I hope to see one day too. Fabulous.

3rd Jan 2010, 09:56

Dhamaka says:

:)
thanks all

3rd Jan 2010, 12:14

SLG says:

I like the green. Hoping one day to see these too :-)

3rd Jan 2010, 12:16

Dhamaka says:

:)

3rd Jan 2010, 16:58

Viv says:

We had them over Hebden once - couldn't believe it! Everyone was out - we even tried to knock next door up :)

3rd Jan 2010, 19:05

Dhamaka says:

what colour were they?

3rd Jan 2010, 19:12

taniwha says:

awesome and what luck ... wonderful

4th Jan 2010, 21:19

Caine says:

Wow! Soooo pretty.

4th Jan 2010, 21:23

Dhamaka says:

:)

4th Jan 2010, 21:24

EJ says:

Wow....amazing shots
I'm doing some catching up........all the best to you for the New Year.

4th Jan 2010, 23:36

Dhamaka says:

and you too EJ
:)

5th Jan 2010, 20:45

MaggieD says:

Missed the northern lights on my trip to iceland, but am determined to see them at some point ......

9th Jan 2010, 19:35

Dhamaka says:

:)
hopefully I'll be writing about them tomorrow. Procrastinate tonight (and sleep a lot), tidy the house, pack for Monday, write this month's Real Travel Round-up and then about the lights...

9th Jan 2010, 19:37