A Metro article about Valentin Zhiganov, a photographer specialising in Aurora Borealis

On several occasions in the past I mentioned Valentin Zhiganov from Apatity, Murmansk Region, who takes outstanding photos of Aurora Borealis. Very recently my mate Alexandra called my attention to a Metro article with his recent photos of very rare vertical Aurora Borealis. Enjoy!

Excellent photos of the Snow Village in Kirovsk by Valentin Zhiganov

As I wrote before, this year’s theme at the Snow Village in Kirovsk is classic Soviet-era cartoons. Here is a series of photos from the Snow Village by Valentin Zhiganov, a photographer who made many excellent photos and this video of aurora borealis:

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“To book aurora borealis”

Got several inquiries from travelers wishing to come here to see the aurora borealis, aka northern lights. Here is my attempt to provide a comprehensive answer to the seekers of this phenomenon.

The most common question is “When do I need to travel to the Kola Pensula to see aurora borealis for sure”. First, forget the “for sure” part. The aurora is a probabilistic thing. Thus there is no clear-cut answer to this question. Generally speaking, aurora borealis can be observed at high latitudes any time there are dark nights. On the Kola Peninsula it is approximately from September to April.

A common misconception is that aurora borealis requires real cold winter weather. This photo was made in the Hibiny mountains on the 28th of September, and I’ve myself seen the aurora in the vicinity of Kandalaksha starting the end of August.

 

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This year’s first aurora borealis

Noticed right over Kandalaksha on the night from October 19 to October 20. The photo is by the Apatity photographer Valentin Zhiganov. Our camera is not able to see such things with clarity worth sharing.

Site stats, if anybody is curious what brings me visitors and a very occasional client

statisticsLooking at site statistics. Enquiries related to hand grenade brought me – surprise! – the most visitors. Next comes, as expected, Kandalaksha, followed by the Newcomb Mott story and Murmansk prostitutes. Click More below to see the complete table of captured search words and phrases (most are not registered by site stats though) since this project has started in the summer of 2013.

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Contrasts of northern nature: butterflies and aurora borealis

2 (4)Spring has begun. The snow is visibly melting every day. Grass is already growing, birds singing, butterflies coming to life.

And at the same time..

Tonight, Imandra lake, a typical deep-winter phenomenon. Photos by Valentine Zhiganov.

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