Sun’s Shout Towards Earth
The Aurora Borealis, or northern lights, originates from the surface of the sun. It begins with solar activity that shoots out a cloud of gas and, depending upon its intensity, takes one to two days to reach the earth’s magnetic field. Upon impact the cloud of gas collides with oxygen and nitrogen atoms creating the astounding colors that the Aurora is known for. Oral legends of these enchanting experiences have been passed down for generations in northern cultures. This particular image was photographed after I broke through a wall of old growth forest and stepped out onto a rocky shore. It was the moon I noticed first that night, lowering behind the Chilkat Mountains and illuminating the land and sea with a shade of orange. Then, like an abrupt reminder of my night’s purpose, the northern lights jolted off the horizon and intensified, striking fluid flames of greens and reds towards the moon. It was an unforgettable evening.