Northern Lights
Marcela Strasdas

The Northern Lights are a magical display of unbelievable colour in the Arctic sky from late August until April. Another name for them is “Aurora Borealis”, which means “Dawn of the North” from Aurora, the Roman Goddess of Dawn.

The best places to see them in Canada is anywhere in the northern provinces and territories but they can be seen as far south as Victoria BC. There are many interesting legends associated with them, many having to do with war, famine, hunted animals and spirits of great hunters and fishermen.

The lights are the result of collisions of electrically charged particles entering the atmosphere, and range in colour from yellow and red, to blue, green, violet, roses and pinks. Colours seen depend on the kind of gas present in the colliding particles.

They are no doubt a sight to be seen! 

For further information email IslandIllustrators at or 
Marcia Semenoff (President) 

The Island Illustrators Society was established to foster a greater interest in the art of illustration. The society exists to benefit its members and clients through shared information regarding illustrative techniques, business ethics, and standards. In order to achieve these goals, the society makes partners of practicing illustrators, students, clients, and other interested parties. 

Definition: Illustration is a piece of visual information, either drawn or photographed, which usually illustrates an accompanying text. The purpose of illustration is to enhance the ideas presented in the text, or simply, to transmit information or concepts visually. 

The Island Illustrators Society does not act as an agent, but as a venue for you to contact any one of its members. You are invited to write to us at: 


Island Illustrators Society

295 View Royal Avenue

Victoria, B.C., Canada

V9B 1B3 

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