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Ribbons and Spikes

Day 278 of 365: "Ribbons and Spikes"


As my friends and I were about to leave our secret location last night, the northern lights decided to give us an encore performance which included all of its greatest hits.


This image was shot around 3 AM this morning as the aurora borealis started to really spike, break apart, create ribbons, and almost dance around. This image was shot with my wide angle lens and is two images stitched together to create the panoramic shot. The city glow off to the distance is Marinette, WI.


This is the second time I've shot the northern lights this year, and I have to say, I've never seen anything like this. I traveled about an hour from home to shoot this and waited patiently for about 6 hours for this to happen. It was all worth it.


What a show!



  • psrman 3y

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  • Andy Gunton 3y

    Great shot Gary & i'm very jealous of you seeing this.
  • MysteryStevenson1 3y

    Never seen so much variety of colors and forms flowing in from places all over the world. Really astounding!
  • Nixy J Morales 3y

    Holy smokes Batman! Unbelievable!
  • Gary 3y

    Andy Gunton It was amazing Andy! Once in a lifetime. Although i did see them earlier this spring too. Okay, TWICE in a lifetime! :)
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Taken on July 15, 2012
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