A Night at West Branch State Park - Nov 3, 2015
There were reports saying the chance was great to see the aurora borealis, now I've only had the great privilege to see the lights once in my life and let me tell you, it's a magical experience everyone should see at least once, so I pulled up a map of light pollution (yep it's mapped out) and hunted for the nearest place with the least amount so we could have a chance to see the lights, this led us to West Branch State Park. We were ready, we had flashlights, tripods, cameras, and coats (it was quite brisk on such a clear night). As this was our first time to this park (at least since being small children) we weren't sure where to go, so we went down to the boat dock which gave us a great view of the north sky doubled with the reflection in the calm lake which lay before us. While we waited we practiced photographing the stars, there was a lovely peninsula to the right of the dock which lent itself to interesting composition. Along with the aurora, we were in the midst of a meteor shower, this was a treat! While standing in the dark and the cold we got to watch the stars shoot past us (and of corse make wishes on each of them). The constellations were clear, in the distance we could hear coyotes, from time to time a mountain biker would ride past (how one can bike at night without sever injury is a mystery to me!).
A few hours passed and no northern lights so we packed up and moved on. Even though we didn't get to see the lights, it was still a beautiful evening and I can't wait to go back and explore the park in the daylight!
Here is one of the images captured on this adventure.
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Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who spends her time exploring and learning about the unique history and nature in North East Ohio. She lives with her husband and cat in Wooster where she is also a family portrait and nature photographer as well as grows and cans her own vegetables. When she's not doing that, yoga and embroidery (not at the same time) are other things she enjoys.