Arena Arctica - Kiruna, Sweden - 11 December 1999

The building on the left is Arena Arctica, the hangar where I work.  I took this picture, as well as the ones that follow, at 'dawn' on Saturday, 11 December 1999.  The actual time of the photography was 10:30a.  By 2:30p, it was completely dark outside.

This picture was taken just as the sun began to color the sky.  The picture was taken by Hartwig Harter of Penn State University.

I took this picture from a window on the second floor of the hangar.  You can just see the sun peeking above the horizon.  That is the highest the sun got all day.  I took the picture at around 10:30a.

This picture was taken just after the one above.  You can still see the sun peeking above the horizon.

I decided to brave the elements and go outside to take some more pictures.  This one, and the ones following, were all taken from a hill behind the Arena Arctica.

You can see from this picture that the sun is dropping further below the horizon, as the sky is darkening.  This happened within 15 or 20 minutes of the picture showing the sun peeking above the horizon.  The sun does not stay up very long this time of year.

I love the way this pictures shows the snow-covered branches on the tree.  All of the trees look like this.  It makes me feel like I am visiting a winter wonderland.

This is another one of my attempts at artistic photography.  Sometimes they work.  I was very pleased with the results of this picture.  It made up for me freezing my fingers while I was operating the camera.

I like the way the color of the sky shows in this picture.  The mountain in the distance is Luossovarra.  If you look closely, you can see lights on the left side of the slope.  That is where the locals go to ski.  It is on the other side of Kiruna, perhaps 15 km from the airport.