"Restless Sky"

                  Thompson Pass, near Valdez, Alaska
                                 September 2, 2002

   The sun had set a couple hours earlier and darkness had settled in for the night over the Chugach Mountains but the sky refused to sleep.
    A bright and powerful aurora had suddenly appeared in the sky where minutes before there had been nothing. It seemed to rise from the mountains into the inky black of a moonless sky creating a stark contrast that was spectacular to say the least. Bright rayed bands danced and swayed against a sprinkle of late-summer stars that included the familiar pattern of our "Big Dipper". Subtle shaded of blue-violet contrasted the much brighter green and were formed as a result of the aurora catching the last direct rays of the sun from its vantage point many miles above the Earth and the shadow of night.
    I used a 6x9cm. home-built medium-format camera with a 50mm wide-angle lens and Kodak E100S film to capture this brilliant aurora.

    This image is availible in the following sizes: 5x7, 6x9, 8x12, 11x15, 12x18 and a vertical panoramic crop of 8x16 inches.

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