In Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy, the neon-glowing aurora borealis aren’t just otherworldly; they’re actually the doorway to another world. If you haven’t yet read The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass, I won’t spoil the magical universe of these books by revealing anything more about the significance of the Northern Lights. But you should know that you won’t be able to read Pullman’s stories without wanting to experience the aurora for yourself.
In middle school and high school, I lived in Minnesota and spent a few summer weekends in the northern parts of the state where the (aptly-named) Northern Lights tend to make their appearances. But I never saw them. I experienced Lake Superior water so cold that it took my breath away (in August!) and mosquitoes the size of drones. But the aurora remained elusive.
The elusiveness only heightened my obsession.
This week, thanks to a photographer in northern Michigan, I was finally able to experience the heavenly phenomenon that had taken on such epic proportions in my imagination. And no, watching a time-lapse video of the Northern Lights isn’t the same as experiencing them in person. But: baby steps. Sometimes, with obsessions, you have to take what you can get.
5 Things I’m Obsessing About This Week (and maybe you should, too): MAY 15, 2013
2. Last week, I talked about the princessification of our society. Here’s one photographer mom who is teaching her daughter what it really means to be a lady. LOVE IT.
3. And speaking of girl power, check out this woman, who’s breaking all sorts of boundaries (and stereotypes). I’ve been running all week thanks to her.
4. It wasn’t me–I SWEAR. (Even though typos on signs are sorely tempting for my inner editor.)
5. From the sublime to the ridiculous: CAN’T. STOP. LAUGHING. at THIS. Caption to #18: “Byeeeeeeeee!”