Back-to-back nights of the northern lights here in Eastern Ontario on Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. Also seen as far south as Utah, Colorado and Kansas. When they see them that far south, we generally see them like this or more often like the photo below. This particular substorm hit at 8:22pm just 8 minutes off my prediction for the first one. It was the best substorm of the night in our area and best I have seen since September 2005. They were so strong that at 2 different points they were over head. I was working with Brian Chapman who has photographed more displays then I have, which puts him around 60 plus displays in an area where a lot of people don't believe we see them. That is just in the past 15 years. Good news though over the next 2-3 years will be the best chance for most of North America and definitely Ontario. The last solar cycle they saw them as far south as Florida and Texas. After this autumn season I will be doing a long-range forecast for next year. I continue to carefully research the Aurora Borealis in hope that I can give you a chance to see them and enjoy them. I have already helped people that have never seen them enjoy them for the first time. I hope to continue that for as many as possible. If you see the northern lights contact me at email@example.com or like my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/David-T-Chapman/173134962767601 or if you have twitter add me there to https://twitter.com/Northof44Pics I know my charts really well but nothing is better then having a spotter confirm what I am seeing in the numbers.
Autumn Colours are past peak here in the Niagara region but still putting on quite the colourful display in isolated pockets. You can still find some great colours in protected areas where the winds haven't got at the leaves. This was an enjoyable 5 hour hike. Down the escarpment, through mud, water up to my waist then back up the escarpment but all in all it was very much worth it. I'll be in a similar area today(October 21, 2012) focusing more on smaller rapids and finding pockets of reds and oranges for colour.
The Aurora Borealis returned to Southern Ontario in a big way on September 30 into the wee hours of October 1, 2012. In a night that was filled with dodging cloud, spotting them in almost full moonlight Brian Chapman and I started on an adventure that started at 8:00pm in the evening and ended at 5:25am in the morning. Check out my blog to learn more details about the hunter for the Northern Lights that night and to see more photographs.
Some facts about the photograph. I was tired of seeing lightning hitting so close to me without being able to completely get out of the rain that I decided to pull over anyways. While driving I was watching how intense the lightning was so that I could calculate the camera settings I would need for such a powerful bolt. I pulled over and this was delivered beautifully by nature. I was in my car and it was raining. I have no used photoshop to enhance the bolt. This is how I captured it. Completely 100% real. The reason why I state this is the fact its hard to tell what is fake and real out there any more. Thank you!
I am very happy to announce an upcoming art show in Fonthill, Ontario, Canada. It will be held at Keith's Restaurant from the start of September until the end of December. The art that hasn't sold will be switched at the start of November with a whole new showcase with my best sellers as well as a few new ones. You can look at my calender for more show details.
Also if you are in Eastern Ontario and visiting Almonte, Ontario, Canada. Another beautiful restaurant to eat at is JR's restaurant. The food and service there is amazing. My art has been featured there over a year and a half now with a rotating showcase of beautiful pieces. Both these fine restaurants are great choices if you want to have a great tasting meal as well as great service.
Another thank you goes out to www.mypelham.com A great source for event information and more in the Pelham area. It not only benefits the people locally but anyone who plans on visiting the area. You can also follow them on twitter at https://twitter.com/myPelham