Marja-Terttu Karlsson, who lives in Pajala, didn’t realize how lucky she was when she went out to photograph the northern lights last week.
Only when she transferred the images to the computer that she recognized the familiar shape that appeared before her eyes: I thought “Oh my God, it looks like a fox or a wolf or something.” I did not know when I was photographing what I got. It was amazing, she says.
Northern light is often in the Arctic region of the northern hemisphere, and it is caused by the solar wind colliding with the atmosphere. In recent years, northern lights have become more common, caused by increased solar activity.
Ms Karlssons picture of the celestial animal has since become a viral success. It has been shared thousands of times on Facebook, but has also aroused suspicion. Several people have been in contact with the photographer herself, to question the authenticity of the picture. – They think it’s fake, but I can convince all skeptics that it’s genuine, , Ms Karlsson says to SVT (Source)
The natives of Saami believe that these lights are their ancestors who visit them. The Salteaus Indians of eastern Canada and Kwakiutl and Tlingit in southeastern Alaska interpreted the northern lights as a dance of human spirits. The Inuits who lived on the lower Yukon River believed that the aurora was the dance of animal spirits, especially those of deer, wolf, seals, salmon and beluga. In Norse mythology, the lights were the spears, armor and helmets of the warrior women known as the Valkyries. They rode on horseback, leading the slain soldiers to their last resting place in Valhalla. In Finland, a mystical fox was thought to have created the aurora, its bushy tail spraying snow and throwing sparks into the sky.
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