[The Glamour of Aurora] 【極光之下】

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[The Glamour of Aurora]

By: Clair GAO

Image: Clair GAO

 

I went to UBC, Canada for exchange last semester. In February, I left Vancouver and went to Yellowknife with my friends to see the aurora. Aurora viewing has been on my wish list for a long time.

 

Yellowknife is very close to the Arctic. When we arrived, it was around – 30℃. I wore all the clothes I had, but it was still freezing. There was even ice on my eyelashes. The town was very quiet. Most people were travelers from all over the world. Everyone seemed excited. They were either playing with the knee-high snow, having a cup of hot coffee in the café, or waiting for a seat at the most famous restaurant in town for its world-loved fish and chips.

 

Around 9 pm, we were taken to the campsite. Aurora was not guaranteed every night because it had a lot to do with the weather and geographical factors. We didn’t see any obvious ones on the first day. However, on the second day, the view was amazing. Aurora was in different shapes: line, circle, belts… Most were green, but you could also find purple and pink on the edges. I couldn’t find any appropriate words to describe my feelings. I was so tiny compared to the nature. I kept looking up into the sky and tried not to blink. We got even luckier on the third night when we witnessed the aurora moving very fast.

 

Although you were not able to join me to witness this wonderful experience, I hope you like my sharing and photo just as much. Hope you would have your own aurora experience some day!

 

【極光之下】

文: 高路延

圖: 高路延

 

上個學期我去了加拿大的英屬哥倫比亞大學交換。二月的閱讀週,我離開了相對溫暖的溫哥華,和同學出發去黃刀鎮(又名耶洛奈夫)看極光。「跑到北極看極光」是我很多年前就有的心願,這次終於有機會實現了。

 

黃刀鎮非常靠近北極圈。我們到的那天,氣溫在零下三十攝氏度左右。我穿上了帶去的所有衣服,還是感覺很冷。毫不誇張的說,眼睫毛上都在結冰。這是個很安靜的鎮子,居民很少,大部分都是全球各地慕名而來的旅客。你可以感受到每個人都是激動而幸福的,或是在玩到膝蓋那麼高的很厚很乾淨的雪,或是找一家小小的咖啡館坐下來喝杯熱飲暖暖身子,或是在當地最有名的那家吃炸魚薯條的店外排隊,希望下一次老闆娘出來的時候輪到自己被叫進去。

 

終於,在晚上九點的時候,我們被導遊帶去了觀看極光的營地。也許你早就有所瞭解,極光受當地天氣和地理活動的影響很大,因此不是每個晚上都會有,一切全憑運氣。第一天我們沒有看到明顯的極光,失望而歸。但是第二天我們就非常幸運地看到了大面積強烈的極光。跑出帳篷抬頭的那一刻,天空的景象真的是令人震撼。極光有各種各樣的形狀的,筆直的線,不規則的圓圈,一條條的帶狀…大部分的極光都是綠色的,但如果你盯住天空仔細看,在邊緣處有時也能發現紫色和粉色出現。任何詞語都無法形容我當時的心情,我也深深地感受到了在大自然面前自己是多麼的渺小。我一直保持仰望天空的姿勢,甚至不敢眨眼,生怕因此而錯過了怎樣的美景。最後一個晚上,我們還看到了快速移動的極光。這趟極光之行,真的很圓滿,不留任何遺憾。

 

雖然同學們你們未能與我一同前往黃刀鎮,但我希望你們會喜歡喜歡我的分享和相片,有機會你們也記得親自走一趟,親眼觀賞到壯麗的北極光!

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