So, the day started out better for the light. The sun broke from its cloudy prison around late morning and gave some nice light for the girls 7.5K freestyle race and the beginning of the boys 10K freestyle. Unfortunately, it got fairly diffuse again by later in the afternoon. It got fairly thick by the time the evening came along, again denying me the opportunity to go out and photograph the aurora. And tonight had the best forecast for a display, although not much of one with a forecast of a 2.
The improved lighting conditions gave me an opportunity to work with the beautiful birch and aspen groves in the ski area. Since I was not working with a tripod on the ski trails, I had to get creative in bracing myself and stabilizing the camera so I could get some decent depth of field looking into the trees.