Northern lights in the White Mountains, Alaska

Aurora borealis, or northern lights, over spruce trees, White Mountains near Fairbanks, Alaska.

Aurora borealis, or northern lights, over spruce trees, White Mountains near Fairbanks, Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

Apologies for the long delays in getting back to the blog. I’ve been busy working on a new website (details coming soon enough, I hope), and then the last couple of weeks over in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park for a snowshoe trip, and then a week in central Alaska looking for the aurora borealis.

Now I’m back for a couple of brief days before heading out again to the park for another trip, snowshoeing and photographing. So I won’t be around much at least for another week or so.

This shot was from last night in the White Mountains, just north of Fairbanks. The aurora rocked all night long. We got back in the cabin at a little after 5, then up at 9, breakfast, and on the road back to Anchorage. I was hoping to go back out tonight, but I don’t see that happening at this point. I’m tired.

People tend to underestimate how difficult it can be to shoot the aurora. It means long nights, and often little sleep. And very often, very little good photographic fortune. But sometimes we get lucky.

Hope you enjoy this image of the aurora.



6 thoughts on “Northern lights in the White Mountains, Alaska

  1. Ron Niebrugge

    That is sweet Carl!

    They are hard! Unless you get lucky, you earn your aurora images.

    Sure has been a good stretch of lights – I’m bummed to have missed! I think there will be too much sunlight be the time we return in April. Keep up the good work!

  2. Mark

    Really nice one Carl. I have been in envy mode for the past 2 weeks or so with all of the aurora reports. I am glad you brought some reality to that envy by reminding me it is not as easy as one hopes it to be even if you are in one of the best latitudes.

  3. Aiza

    Amazing photo! I wonder what real aurora looks like. I want to see how the colors play on the sky. I always see aurora online only. We don’t have that here in the Philippines. It’s so beautiful.

  4. Sarah Hill

    I can’t wait to see them! Just booked this cruise with Alaska Denali Tours and all I want is to see the Northern Lights!! 🙂

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