Our friend and frequent writer for Birds & Blooms, David Shaw, lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, and has captured some of the most amazing photos of the northern lights (scientifically known as auroras) I’ve ever seen! He shared a few of his favorite photos with us.
For those that are unfamiliar, you CAN see northern lights from anywhere. However, it’s much easier to see from higher latitudes, like Canada, Alaska and Antarctica. Yes, they’re cool and yes, they’re colorful. But what causes this? The colorful dancing lights of the aurora are created because of collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere.
See more photos and updates from David by liking his Facebook page, Wild Imagination Photography. Not only does he post amazing photos of his adventures, he also hosts wilderness and photography trips. For a schedule and to learn more about David Shaw, check out his website.
Have you ever seen the northern lights like this?