Northern lights and fall colors

Northern lights, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Northern lights, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

Here’s another image from a recent sojourn to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park to see and photograph the northern lights, or Aurora borealis. It was a treat to have a moonlit night to shoot by, providing plenty of ambient light to capture the fall colors as well as the northern lights.

This trip was a wild ride. A mad run from Anchorage to the Glennallen area to shoot the Wrangell Mountains at sunset, a short break to eat, then shooting the northern lights, before setting around after midnight to drive around to the east side of the mountains, hoping to shoot more northern lights (clouds were rolling in rapidly from the south west) and hopefully catch sunrise. On the drive east, the northern lights would suddenly pop out, and I’d have to decide whether to stop and shoot where I was, or try to find a ‘better’ location somewhere nearby to shoot from, and hope I didn’t miss the lights. Most times I missed them.

This is supposed to be a great winter coming for the northern lights, and I’m excited about the potential photo opportunities. I hope to run a small tour in the spring, with details to come soon. If you’re interested in maybe coming up to shoot/see the aurora borealis, please let me know. It’s an amazing treat.



5 thoughts on “Northern lights and fall colors

  1. Mark - Plymouth Wedding Photography

    Oh wow, the Northern Lights are one of the things I really want to see one day and would love to come away with a photograph like this!

    I didn’t know where to post as you have so many great photos on here. I’m a wedding photographer and just getting into wildlife for a bit of fun and escape from shooting for other people all the time. Found your blog while hunting the web for inspiration, I’m certainly planning to pop by again and see what you’ve got going on!

  2. Carl D Post author

    Hey Dan,

    Thank you.


    Thanks. I’m glad you found and enjoy the blog. Shooting wildlife is indeed a nice treat.



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