Tonight, the norther sky, near the horizon may be host to the magnificent “northern lights“. If we are lucky we will see it.
I have only seen this light show a few times. The first was in 1971 on the golf course at Fern Resort. A bunch of the staff had been partying, as we did every night all summer long, and someone spotted the spectacle in the sky. The party promptly moved to the golf course and we sprawled there on the greens, for what seemed like hours watching the lights dance in the sky. I was spellbound.
Since that first sighting I have glanced northward often this time of year to try and get a glimpse. As with looking for rainbows, much of the sky searching was done with my children. After moving to the country it became easier to look for those sorts of things because the lights of the town didn’t interfere. We did see the northern lights on a few occasions and it was probably a perfect excuse for staying up later than should be allowed.
Sometimes you can even hear them. It’s not all about the light but they actually sing as well. It’s more like a hum but it is a hum which is not of this earth and is likely where the musicians creating music for ET and similar movies got their inspiration.
I cannot think of the northern lights without thinking of the wonderful words of Robert Service’s Cremation of Sam McGee which bring joy to my heart.