To a mind that sits still, the whole universe surrenders – Lao Tzu
We cannot think of a better quote to open a post about the northern lights. To many, the lights have alluded their gaze for years, and as humans we naturally blame everything but ourselves: “we’re too far south”, “it’s too bright”, “it’s too cloudy”. But what if – as the quote seems to suggest – seeing the aurora borealis is a two-way street and without a quiet, present mind the northern lights just simply will not show themselves. What a magical thought.
Although these photos span an entire summer of aurora in Whistler, a large part of the photos were taken just this week (August 23rd -30th 2015) during a rare category 4 geomagnetic storm.
Geomagnetic storms are disturbances in Earth’s magnetic field that can result in many hours of vibrant auroras both at high latitudes (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut) and at lower latitudes (southern Canada and northern United States). – Northernlight House Project
We hope you enjoy this section of photos showing the northern lights in Whistler, it’s a very extraordinary event when we get to see them this bright so far south.
1. Black Tusk, Whistler
2. Panorama Ridge, Whistler
One of my favourite camp spots this summer. There have been many, but this one is right up there. Panorama Ridge, Garibaldi Provincial Park. #outdoorvancouver #vancouverisawesome #squamish #whistler #veryvancouver #msr #ExploreBC #explorecanada #auroraborealis #tent #bestnatureshot #camping #garibaldiprovincialpark #fantastic_shots #panorama #sharecg #imagesofcanada #tourcanada #rsa_nature #thecanadiancollective #bpmag #huckberry #livewild #departedoutdoors #mybcbackcountry #camp4pix #igbest_shotz #canadiancreatives #camp4pix @mec
3. Callaghan Lake, Whistler
Feeling pretty blessed to have wonderful places like this as my backyard, and to be able to work a job I love all day, camp under these stars all night and go to work the next morning. Looking forward to another night here tonight! #beautifulbc #nevercominghome #sorrymum #thethingsmoneycantbuy #whistlerunfiltered #onlyinwhistler #explorebc #travelstoke #nightsky
4. Brandywine Meadows, Whistler
5. Callaghan Lake, Whistler
6. Whistler Blackcomb
7. Lost Lake, Whistler
8. Alta Lake, Whistler
9. Alta Lake, Whistler
10. Lakeside Park at Alta Lake, Whistler
11. Sand Spit at Green Lake, Whistler
12. Callaghan Lake, Whistler
13. Rainbow Park, Whistler
14. Rainbow Mountain, Whistler
15. Lakeside Park, Whistler
16. Semaphore Lake, Pemberton (just north of Whistler)
A HUGE thank you to all the local Whistler photographers, adventurers and wanderers who shared their Instagram photos with us and helped us pull this post together. Some of these people hiked into the alpine, stayed awake until 4am, or took the day off work so they could get up early to capture the beauty in this post. And we’re so very grateful for them sharing it with us.
May they inspire you seek out the lights. Happy hunting!