This image won 1st Runner-Up at the 2010 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Awards.
I've viewed hundreds of displays of Aurora Borealis and although the technical process of photographing this spectacle isn't overly difficult or challenging, I never fail to be inspired when I'm out there, in the cold and dark, shooting.
Photography of the aurora is one way to force yourself outside to view it. Believe it or not, many northerners don't "see" the aurora that often; they don't leave the comfort of their warm houses. I myself have fallen victim, at times, to the line of thinking "ah, they're always out - why bother looking?" which is a little sad. We take for granted one of the world's most amazing natural sights.
Blurb aside, I loved the shape of this particular April, 2010 display. It only lasted minutes, and then moved on to some other wonderful formation... but it reminded me of a breath, or a whisper, or wind coming from the stars themselves.