If you've ever experienced the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, then you know what a sight it is to behold. I had spent the first four days of my trip to Denali National Park photographing all day... then staying up every night till midnight to capture this phenomena with no luck. As fate would have it, it was the week of the full moon also so complete darkness was out of the question and confirmed my reasoning why I hadn't see them yet.


On the fifth day I was having breakfast at the lodge when a few of the staff members told me the lights had appeared around 1:30am... and proceeded to show me pictures they had taken with their phones. So that night I headed up the canyon valley and set up next to a creek around 12:30 am. Sure enough, around 1:15am the lights started to appear so I began to take 30 second exposures until the lights faded around 2am.


During that time two large gravel trucks with red caution lights on their cabs decided to stop on the bridge over the creek and have a discussion among themselves. Why were these guys working at 1:30am in the morning I do not know but their lights lit up the trees with this red glow and an unsuspecting element was added to my composition.


It was quite a memorable night for my first time seeing the Northern Lights and an experience I will never forget.




Sizes - 16x20, 20x30, 24x36, 30x45, 40x60



Not to exceed 99 total prints

Thirty (30) Artist’s Proofs numbered “x of 30”

Sixty-nine (69) Limited Editions numbered “x of 69”


The Fine Art Landscape Photography of Jaysun McMillin