"Tie Dye Sky"

                                  Captain Cook State Park
                                   Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
                                         March 31, 2001

    Fantastic colors are produced here ina spectacular show that was visible on this night in many parts of the world as far south as Cuba and Mexico. The eruption of a "super flare" on our Sun sent a barrage of charged poarticles at the Earth thaty resulted in the most powerful shock-front ever recorded. The subsiquent auroral storm was, for many, a once-in-a-lifetime look at this beautiful natural phenomenon.
    I had "watched" the aurora in progress on the internet as other parts of the world were bathed in darkness and waited for our turn in Alaska as we were still in daylight. As it grew dark, our sky became cloudy and by 11:00p.m. we were in afull-scale blizzard but I was determined to not miss out on the action.
    I plunged into the arctic front and drove white-knuckled in near zero visibility as the storm raged on until, a few hours later I emerged on the other side. At first I could see bright red where there were holes in the clouds  and then - the most beautiful multi-colored aurora that I had ever witnessed. There might have been a few more grey hairs in my beard the next day but it was definately worth it!
    I used a 6x6 medium-format camera with a 30mm fish-eye lens and Kodak E100VS film to capture this amazing aurora as it filled the southern sky to overhead.

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