6:06pm. I had it down to a science that that weekend - when the AuroraMax 360º camera of the Yellowknife sky switches on. 6:06pm on that Saturday night also meant the Canucks season opener on CBC was a minute or two away from puck drop. Of course I don't stray from my phone for more than a few minutes at a time in Yellowknife, except when I drop it into a snow bank along a sidewalk, but that's a story for another time, so I took a quick look at AuroraMax before settling in for the Canuck game. The sky was still a deep twilight from sunset at 3:30pm, and... wait, what? The northern lights were out already. Not just a faint blob along the northern horizon, but OUT out... across the sky. Sometimes we're lucky if we see them before midnight. It was only 6pm. Hello, solar flare. I panicked a little bit. "JEN GET DRESSED! THE LIGHTS ARE OUT!!!". To pack carry-on only for a place that's -40ºC, you wear smart casual on the flight, and pack your one outfit of Winter clothes. Well, I was wearing them. Jen... Not so much. She still wanted to be smart casual. So getting her dressed and out the door in record time with Jason, we were outside the city to the lakes by 7pm. And we didn't stop, well, that's not true - we went back home for an hour to our warm apple crumble, until somewhere in the likes of 3 or 4am. I had never seen the lights like this before.
Meanwhile on Facebook, initially unannounced to my cooperative model, Jason, Canada Goose chose me as their January 'Fan of the Month' with what is now surely myself & Jason's most proud moment through our photography/modelling careers thus far. Check out the feature on their Facebook page here!