If one happens to be out alone at night under the Aurora Borealis and hears a whistling sound, one has only to whistle in return, and the lights will come closer out of curiosity.
This legend, recorded in the Fifth Thule Expedition of 1929 by Rasmussen, speaks to the mystery of the Aurora Borealis, and the awe it brings to those who are able to capture its beautiful dance.
Inspired by this natural phenomenon and its rare beauty, I became an active Aurora Chaser on April 24, 2012 — a day that holds a special place in my heart. I’ve been chasing the Aurora ever since, and I’m honored to be part of a talented and courageous community of Aurora Chasers.
The rich culture of the Aurora Borealis also inspired me write my first work of fiction. Yet to be published, the novel follows a young photographer whose young brother unexpectedly disappears from her life. Uplifted by ancient legend, she embarks on a quest to catch a rare display of the Northern Lights in the mid-latitudes, as they dance over the Adirondack Mountains. The story also explores the relationship of two men who bonded during the Space Race of the 1960’s, as they attend a rocket launch in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and run events at a climate observatory in upstate New York.
The story conveys the art, science, culture and adventure involved in Aurora Chasing, while portraying the strength of the human spirit.
Photo courtesy of Marcelo Quinan.