When I visited Iceland last July, I crammed in almost everything I wanted to see into a very busy and amazing 12 days but a return in winter visit was in order. Willie, Alan, Rebecca and I made that happen at the end of February. In the middle of our trip we were treated to 2 nights of stunning aurora and on this particular evening we drove to the Skogafoss waterfall in hopes of a 3rd night of aurora.
When we arrived at Skogafoss we knew cloudy skies were on their way. We also knew the sun had been quiet and our chances at the radiation storm required to produce the aurora were pretty low so we parked our Camper Vans with a view of the waterfall and went to bed. Every few hours I would wake up, stick the camera at the window and take a photo to see if the aurora had come out. Around 5am I noticed the clouds had thinned and the sky had a nice green glow to it. Rebecca and I hopped out of the car and fired off a few quick photos.
I was so focused on making sure the camera was in focus that I almost didn’t notice the rainbow. When I finally had the camera all set I looked up and realized “OH MY GOSH! A MOONBOW!” I think Rebecca thought I was insane. “What’s a moonbow?!” she asked. “THE RAINBOW! LOOK! FROM THE LIGHT OF THE MOON! WITH AURORA!” I quickly fired off a few more shots and looked behind me to see the moon was about to set below the mountains. I didn’t even have time to get a better composition before it was gone.
Nikon D800 w/Bower 24mm f/1.4:
24mm, f/5.6, 25 sec, ISO 800