On an Alaskan Sky

From wonder into wonder existence opens. (Lao Tzu, philosopher)

The sight filled the northern sky; the immensity of it was scarcely conceivable. As if from Heaven itself, great curtains of delicate light hung and trembled. Pale green and rose-pink, and as transparent as the most fragile fabric, and at the bottom edge a profound fiery crimson like the fires of Hell, they swung and shimmered loosely with more grace than the most skillful dancer. (Philip Pullman, “The Golden Compass”)

The northern cheek of the heavens,
By a sudden glory kissed,
Blushed to the tint of roses,
And hid in an amber mist,
And through the northern pathway,
Trailing her robe of flame,
The queenly Borealis
In her dazzling beauty came!
(May Riley Smith, “Aurora Borealis”)

O’er all the widespread northern skies,
How glows and waves that heavenly light,
Where dome, and arch, and column rise
Magnificently bright!
(Stephen Greenleaf Bulfinch, “The Aurora Borealis”)

I have been as sincere a worshipper of Aurora as the Greeks. (Henry David Thoreau, author-poet-philosopher)

I’ve stood outside my house in Montana looking at the northern lights… crackling against the night sky. To me, that’s magic. (Christopher Paolini, author)

47 thoughts on “On an Alaskan Sky

  1. I just watched this with my boys. Li’l D was a little disturbed by the lights. Upon the video’s conclusion, Littler J requested several times, “More sky! More sky!” I suppose that’ means we’re about to watch it again.


    • Deborah,
      Ah ha … Littler J is one who wonders … excellent! Here’s two things for you.

      Under Recent Posts at top of the sidebar … a) Lights of Norway – another excellent video of the Aurora from a different place with different music … b) then go to Opinions in the Shorts 291 for the opening video, which will make you and the kids laugh!

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  2. I have two dreams to visit, one is Himalayas and the other one is Alaska… but they will never be true… Alaskan sky should be so beautiful, so beautiful. Thank you dear Frank, love, nia


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