This is the view upwards into the corona of one of the most amazing auroras I've ever seen. Sadly, this was one of the last sights ever witnessed by the Nikon D3S that took this shot. Moments later, the tripod supporting the camera and a fine 14-24mm lens was blown over onto the icy ground, causing all of the above -- at a temperature of -30F -- to shatter into more pieces than I cared to count. I just returned from an aurora hunting trip in arctic Alaska and will have much more to share, from my backup cameras, in the coming weeks.

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Taken on March 9, 2012