Aurora Borealis’ Dancing Northern Light Display
During fall and winter in the northernmost parts of North America, Europe, and Asia the night sky comes alive with dancing soft green, blue, or red curtain-like lights. These lights—called aurora borealis (or the northern lights)—are the result of the sun’s solar winds, which are made up of light particles entering the Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere. When the light particles enter the Earth’s atmosphere they collide with existing gases that cause the particles to glow!
Though aurora borealis is best viewed through naked eyes, many photographers are able to capture the brilliance of these lights by using long exposure settings or applications with their cameras so that others can experience the beauty of aurora.
that I’ll be stuck here cold just waiting it through, ‘til your heart starts beating for that somebody new.
Longmen Grottoes (龙门石窟)
To see more photos of the caves and Buddhist sculptures, check out photos posted from the Longmen Grottoes location page.
The Longmen (Dragon’s Gate) Grottoes constitute one of the most important sites of Chinese Buddhist art and iconography. Nearly 100,000 statues fill more than 1,400 caves carved directly into the limestone cliffs along the Yi River in Henan Province. The carvings range from heights no larger than an inch tall to the the towering 57-foot tall Vairocana, or cosmic Buddha, commissioned by Empress Wu Zeitan of the Tang Dynasty in 672 AD. The Buddha’s ears alone measure six-and-a-half feet. Considered the pinnacle of Tang Dynasty art, the Buddha is strongly believed to be carved in the likeness of the Empress herself as an homage to her patronage of the construction.