The aurora australis made a little cameo during last weeks Bay of Fires workshop! The clouds were unfortunately placed in the south but nevertheless a clear band of green in a gap came through, and we managed a few snaps.
It is always exciting to see the aurora, and as part of a group tour it has that extra spark of excitement. I have had some very good luck with the aurora making an appearance during workshops since the first time back in March 2013 at Coles Bay. I have since caught it at Cradle Mountain a few times and also in the Bay of Fires once before. Fingers crossed for the Tarkine in a couple of weeks, I have never captured an aurora out that way!
The sun is well and truly on its way to “solar minimum” meaning sunspot and solar flare activity is low, but the aurora is still a possibility when the conditions are right – mostly when the solar wind escapes the sun through “coronal holes”. I will of course be keeping a close eye on the guages in the lead up to the rest of my autumn photography workshops!