Stars, Lightning, and the Northern Lights

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Day 277 of 365: "Stars, Lightning, and the Northern Lights"

For my Saturday picture of the day, I headed to a secret location to capture the northern lights again. The universe decided to put on an amazing display of lightning, intense aurora borealis activity, a very bright Big Dipper, and even a glimpse of the Milky Way.

This was shot around 10:30 PM on Saturday night. The northern lights got much more intense late into the night; the spikes and ribbon changes of the aurora borealis will be part of my picture of the day for Sunday. But for Saturday's shot, I wanted to capture the beginning of the northern lights (the green band you see on the horizon behind the clouds), and the lightning you see on the horizon. The orange city glow you see on the horizon is actually Marinette, WI.

This is my first time photographing lightning, and I couldn't be more pleased. There were actually fire works going off to the right as well, but I decided stars, northern lights, and lightning was enough for this shot.

More to come.... :)


kenrg, Crevier, theunquietlibrarian, and 42 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. drewsit30 [deleted] 33 months ago | reply

    Neat shot, Anakin!

  2. KarenLynnn 33 months ago | reply

    very beautiful!

  3. digiteyes 33 months ago | reply

    Your patience paid off. Beautiful work.

  4. Pat 2jp 33 months ago | reply

    Amazing! One of the best photos i have seen. Really nice work. Way to go.

  5. Deborah Fox Photography/magic_eyes50 33 months ago | reply

    This is an unbelievable shot. Absolutely beautiful!!

  6. ThunderySkye423 33 months ago | reply

    Three of my favorite things, all together at once in the same photograph. WoW!! Major skygasm! You were so lucky to see this, and so kind to share it. Thank you so much!

  7. Andy Gunton 33 months ago | reply

    Now this is good. Love this one. Well done :)

  8. anakin1814 33 months ago | reply

    There were also fireworks going off to the left that I chose not to include in the shot!

  9. jrichstar 33 months ago | reply

    Any way I can set this picture up as my computer background? It is absolutely gorgeous!

  10. anakin1814 33 months ago | reply

    If you can figure out how to do it, go for it! :)

  11. JeremiahChristopher 22 months ago | reply

    Wow, great shot!! You are right, I do not like the black background! Great shot!!

  12. Pat 2jp 22 months ago | reply

    Still one of my all time favs..⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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