Story Behind the Picture – Aurora Reconnaissance

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In 2016, I was living in a town tucked away in northern Norway called Mo i Rana. It was a huge change moving from a big city to a small town. But one major benefit of living here is the privilege to witness one of world’s wonders.

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In the depths of winter is also the ideal time to view the greatest show on Earth, the Northern Lights aka Aurora Borealis. I was fortunate to see the lights in her full splendor a few times but alas, that’s a tale for another time.

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This series of photos is about the hunt. The hunt for the location with perfect condition to see the Northern Lights when she appears. It is one thing to see the lights in the sky. It is another to capture the lights. You’d want to have something else in the photo for points of reference. Naturally, prime candidates that compliment a good picture with the Northern Lights are epic mountains and frozen fjords, courtesy of Mother Nature herself.

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On this day, my mate Steve and I took off for a drive on a Sunday afternoon with limited day light hours on a reconnaissance mission on the perfect location to view and capture the beauty of the Aurora Borealis. Eventually, in the dying minutes of dusk, we arrived at this spot. Water, mountains, it had everything one could ask for. Sadly, we never got back to this particular area to view the lights due to logistical factors. However, this recon mission was not for naught. Then again, no trip around Norway is a waste.

All good things are wild, and free.

Henry David Thoreau


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