"Dancing Sky"

                 Donnelly Dome, Central Alaska Range
                                   February 2, 2002

   Ice fog forms in the Delta River valley on the northern flank of the Central Alaska Range on a cold 30-below night. Moonlit peaks reach for a sky set min motion by the dancing northern lights while stars blaze above in the fridged air.
    The northern lights are not affected by the cold. There is no direct link between the air temperature at the surface of the Earth and the magical aurora many miles above. In order to view the northern lights though, the sky must be clear and cloudless. A clear sky on a winter night in Alaska often means that it will be cold. It is this indirect link between cold nights and the aurora that has led many Alaskans into the mistaken belief that it must be cold in order to have an aurora. As proof, you can see many images that I have taken in "T-shirt weather" during the month of August. One example is to be found here.
    This image was taken near Delta Junction and is looking south at the Alaska Range. I used a conventional 35mm camera and Kodak E100VS film to record the early morning show.

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