A curtain or veil forms in the west over Redoubt Volcano in the distance. The aurora had suddenly brightened and began to sweep southward around 3:15 a.m. local time. The aurora raced overhead and had a most spectacular but brief crowning as it surged from a relatively mundane arc about 20 degrees high in the northern sky to within 20 degrees of the southern horizon in less than ten minutes!
The sky was filled with bright flickering upon its passage that lit the surrounding beach like shadows cast by the moon. These shadows danced like reflected sunlight off a calm lake or like the gentle flames of a warm campfire. It was very soothing yet it filled me with energy as my adrenaline kicked in with the excitement of the moment.
I took this photo using a 6x9 cm. home-built medium-format camera equipped with a 50mm wide-angle lens and Fuji Provia 400F film.
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