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8/30/14

Aurora Borealis over Lake Pepin


I keep watch on auroral activity here. 

The website also has an oval map that is updated every five minutes or so. 
Knowing that the predicted KP level was high, I headed to the lake at 10:30. 
My first photo, below, show a thin faint aurora on the horizon and an awesome meteor on the left. 

Getting thicker and brighter. Airplane on the top left.

Another meteor center left.


By now, it's midnight, and Margaret wanted to go home. She conceded, and we agreed to stay for twenty more minutes,
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........and then................and then..........
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~~~~they danced~~~~




and I cried a little bit

at the overwhelming beauty of it

and I FINALLY 

got to see them

and photograph them

it was magically

                                                                              perfect





8/27/14

Boating on Lake Pepin with the Comptons

Heading down the dock


Sunflower


I could cook in this galley!


Lake City Marina












Maiden Rock





Anchored for a bit of a swim






Frontenac State Park


                                                            American Queen!!!


With her paddlewheel back on.



Not a great shot, but an eagle fishing



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