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Stars, Lightning, and the Northern Lights

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.... :)



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Taken on July 14, 2012