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    Photographing the Aurora

    by sswagner Written Aug 2, 2005

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    Aurora Borealis

    Favorite thing: While more people are going to Alaska during the winter in hopes of spotting the Aurora Borealis, many of them hope to take home actual photos of this natural wonder. First of all, such a trip is not possible in the summertime due the constant daylight at this latitude. Therefore, an "aurora" trip is best for the darker and colder months. Also, the latitude has to be good for observing. The most common area for spotting the lights in Alaska lies between Fairbanks and Barrow in the northern part of the state. Displays can be seen further south, yet they are not quite as common and the coastal weather tends to make observation difficult. Being further north does not gaurantee a clear night, but it may offer a better chance than some other areas.

    In order to shoot the aurora, a camera with shutter speed control is necessary. This rules out most of the "point and shoot" varieties. A fully manual camera is ideal because cold weather can effect the performance of batteries. If your camera is electronic, backup batteries might be desirable. The shutter on the manual mode setting must be held open for several seconds to possibly more than 1 minute. This means a tripod and cable release are necessary in order to keep the camera completely still during the process of taking the picture. A higher film speed will allow the exposure times to be shorter, but possibly at the expense of having a grainier photo. Taking pictures of the aurora is a great challenge because the aurora itself changes shapes and intensity. It is best to take as many pictures as possible while experimenting with the various settings. Most of my photos were taken with 200-400ISO settings and shutter speeds ranging from several seconds to 1 minute. Several seconds may be enough for a very bright or quick moving aurora. Fainter glows require more time.

    While you are photographing the aurora, be sure to dress warmly from head to toe and bring water, because it is easy to get dehydrated in dry cold weather.

    Fondest memory: You guessed it, the Northern Lights.

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    Giant Asparagus

    by kaloz Written Feb 28, 2003

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    Asparagus?

    Favorite thing: I have no idea what this thing is, but I like it.

    Fondest memory: Brendan ran into me in the hallway of the lodge and asked where I was going. I told him I had to get a picture of the Giant Asparagus. He said "Oh, OK." He told me later that he knew exactly what I was talking about, and had a good chuckle over it.

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    After a soak -- make a snow angel

    by kaloz Written Feb 27, 2003

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    Gretchen Angel

    Favorite thing: Gretchen and I travelled from Kodiak, where we have had no winter, and she told me that every year she makes a snow angel, but we've had no snow. So I pointed to some virgin snow and said "go for it". We were walking back to our lodge and were weaing only robes, she plopped down and with bare arms and legs made her angel, and it is the prettiest one in Chena.

    Fondest memory: As we continued to our lodge, she pointed out some untrodden snow and it was my turn. I threw my robe at her and made mine a naked snow devil. It feels so good after a long soak.

    Hard to get a picture as it is white on white.

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    It is a Spa -- so relax

    by kaloz Written Feb 27, 2003

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    Rock Pool

    Favorite thing: The main attraction is the rock pool, where the mineral waters have been reduced in temperature by several staging pools. It is very relaxing. If you prefer other waters there is aan outdoor hot tub, two indoor, and a swimming pool. The rock tub is not overly hot so you can relax for a good while, plan on spending some time here.

    Fondest memory: After you have relaxed in the waters, treat yourself to a massage which is resonably priced at $1/minute plus $5 fee, so an hour is $65, half hour $35. Drink plenty of fluids afterward, and return to the rock pool for another soak.

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    A journey up the Elliott...

    by o00o Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: A journey up the Elliott Highway takes you along a route of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Turning left at Livengood, you head into the foothills of magnificent Sawtooth Mountain and over Ptarmigan Summit with its brilliant view of Minto Flats and on a clear day, Mt. McKinley.

    Fondest memory:
    Located 60 miles from Fairbanks at Milepost J east of Fairbanks; Chena Hot Springs shows you what life is really like in a small bush community. @ Chena creek

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    Located 60 miles from...

    by o00o Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Located 60 miles from Fairbanks at Milepost J east of Fairbanks; Chena Hot Springs shows you what life is really like in a small bush community.

    Fondest memory: Chena creek

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