Northern Lights in Kansas

Tuesday night we experienced a rare sighting of the aurora borealis, or nothern lights. We grabbed our camera equipment and rushed out into the night. Harland showed me how to take pictures of the show by setting up my camera on a tripod and using a cable shutter release to take 20 second exposures. To the naked eye, it only appeared as a faint glow on the northern horizon, but once exposed into our cameras, brillant color appeared.

Leaning headstones in a country cemetery.

We clicked away taking as many pictures as we could before the show ended about an hour after it started. I had never seen the northern lights before so it was quite an exciting experience for me. Scientists say there should be quite a few more opportunities to see the northern lights over the next couple years.

Country cemetery

I’ll have my camera ready.

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27 Responses

  1. Nancy says:

    Such beautiful pictures! I have never seen anything like this…Thanks for sharing them with us.

  2. Glenda says:


  3. Anita says:

    Absolutely gorgeous shots… I missed them – didn’t know about it until they were gone… hope it happens again sometime…

  4. Looks like a red sky night also. Nice catch.

  5. Jeannelle says:

    Nice photos! They’re making me consider a nighttime walk to gaze at the northern sky.

  6. Jo Anne says:

    Lucky you! I have always wanted to see the Northern Lights. We have spectacular sunsets here in Utah, but nothing like this.

  7. Laura says:


  8. Sally Bishop says:

    Our friend in northern Michigan mentioned having seen them this past week. I thought it was because she was so far north, what an opportunity to see them in Kansas. Great photos!

  9. Joellen says:

    I have always wanted to see the northern lights. How lucky you are to have seen them in KA. And the photos are beautiful!

  10. Margaret Moore says:

    Thanks for sharing these photos – I’ve always wanted to see the northern lights.

  11. How wonderful that you could witness this. just glorious!

  12. Karen says:

    So Beautiful! xx

  13. Linda says:

    Northern lights are beautiful! Here in Sweden we have them quite often in the winter. Great photos!

  14. Kathy says:

    What wonderful pictures! We were supposed to be able to see the northern lights here in Pennsylvania, but I forgot to look. 🙁 Oh well, I probably couldn’t have seen them with all the city lights anyway. You are so lucky to have caught them.

  15. Mar says:

    Beautiful pictures of the Northern lights! Not something I get to see here in Phoenix.

  16. Wenche says:

    Wow, what a great shot. Love Nothern light. Just waiting for cold winter and som northern light :0)

  17. Debbie says:

    I wasn’t even aware we could see them in Kansas….ever!
    Great photos! I especially like how you made them kind of eerily Howloweenistic! LOL! (is that even a word?) Perfect to shoot them from a country cemetery!

  18. Pam K. says:

    I was so disappointed to learn afterward that the Northern Lights were also visible here in Nebraska that night! I’ve never seen them, but have always wanted to. You had a great opportunity!

  19. Peter B says:

    Excellent shots! Just got back from taking some night photos… I like yours better!!

  20. Doe of Mi. says:

    Wow, you are so blessed to have seen those. And thanks for the pics. I have only seen them twice in my life time and feel lucky to have seen them that many times. Great just great. I missed them this time – darn!

  21. Peggy says:

    Oh my goodness! You are so lucky! I saw this on television. There is no way we could see this because we live in town. I have always wanted to see the Northern Lights! Beautiful shots! Thanks for sharing, I’m so jealous!

  22. Buck says:

    It was cloudy here, so I don’t know if the aurora was visible or not. Thank you for sharing yours!

  23. Aletha says:

    Wow that is so beautiful you are luck nothing by me because of the streetlights so many of them.

  24. Wow, that is incredible! What a sight! I have never seen the northern lights…very, very cool and what great photos you got! I love the one with the old fence and tomb stone! awesome~!

  25. Alica says:

    The northern lights are beautiful! We saw them only once here in PA…8 years ago in fact, and what a show they put on!

  26. Rossana says:

    Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. I love looking at the night sky and hope one day to get a first-hand look at the Northern Lights.

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