After I got that I played around with some other photos, then went to join the rest of the group. It was a perfect night! No wind, fairly clear, dark skies, and Northern Lights!
1. Still on top of the hill near the boots, looking east, trying to light paint some bushes. The bright star is Jupiter. The green is not an aurora, it's air glow.
2. Joining the rest of the crew on top of the main dune. Having fun with light painting, and long exposure ghost photos. You can see where people moved during the exposure. These are looking mostly east, I think.
8. Switched around to looking mostly west. Working on capturing some light painted rills in the dune. Others have a better version of this photo.
9. Shortly after I moved behind them to capture the crew in action, working on the light painting. It's an experimental process, try something and see how it looks. Maybe more light is needed, or different places illuminated. There's lots of variables.
12A. Then back to the parking lot. Here I'm looking back up the hill towards the boots. I've got a long sequence of photos like this, perhaps I'll make them into a time lapse, or a star trail. While the camera was clicking away, Neil fired up a barbecue and did smokies.
12B. Here's the daytime version of that photo, showing the zig zaggy path. It's higher than it looks.
13. The promised Northern Lights. We were getting ready to pack up and then it happened!
They faded after a short time, and we finished packing up at half past really really late.
The next day, after some afternoon safari with some crickets, and even though the light was not promising, we were out to the sand hills again. Here's a couple more shots as the light was fading, with no nice sunset.
14. The view of the main dune from the parking lot.
15. A couple of views as the light was fading. It was dark enough I could barely get the camera to focus.
Some sort of Clown ritual.