Aurora Borealis Near Denali

Photos from the Awesome Aurora Show on Sept 12, 2014, That Will Make You Jealous

Alaska, Photo Essay

Aurora Borealis Near Denali At 1am this morning, I found myself on the side of the road, mouth agape, staring at the sky. My vocabulary was reduced to the word “WOW!” and a series of expletives too impolite to print. I was gawking at the most amazing aurora borealis show I’ve seen in my 10 years in Alaska. I was in complete awe.

Aurora Forecast, Sept 12, 2014

Aurora Forecast, Sept 12, 2014

If you have been paying attention to the media, and assuming the electric grid in your area hasn’t been obliterated, there is a solar storm going on right now. The Northern Lights are visible all over Alaska, Canada and the northern Lower 48 due to a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), which sounds really painful, by the way. It is possible the storm could affect satellites, your GPS and wipe out your power grid. Obama is to blame.

As I have written before, in the 16 immutable Laws of Northern Lights Viewing, I have learned many lessons over the years of fruitless aurora watching in the bitter cold. Add one to the list: when you see the most dazzling light show ever, you will be in the least photogenic spot possible. These photos were taken along the Parks Highway next to a boring road or on Stampede Road with some telephone lines in my way. This did not diminish the experience, which bordered on spiritual, but had I taken these photos with the lights reflecting in a lake, I’d be famous and could quit my day job.

Solar Storm, September 12, 2014


Have you seen the Northern Lights?

Are you jealous?  


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60 thoughts on “Photos from the Awesome Aurora Show on Sept 12, 2014, That Will Make You Jealous”

  1. Yes, this does make me jealous! The closest I have ever come to this one is a display in the Fram Museum in Oslo. The wonders of nature never cease to amaze.

  2. Thanks Jeff. Truly astounding. I’ve visited Alaska but never got to see such a show so very glad you’ve captured it so thrillingly. I’ll make return visits here to explore. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (drop a nickel).

  3. Jeff these are spectacular. Growing up in Saskatchewan I have seen Northern Lights many times but that of course was many years ago.

  4. Fantastic photos Jeff, and yes, I’m très jealous. I’ve been far enough north to see the show a few times, but the gods didn’t smile on me, so the Aurora is still on my list. I can’t imagine being able to see them all the time. ~James

  5. Philip Aldrich says:

    Gorgeous photos as always jeff! Jealous I missed it this year. Looks like an epic show.

      • ginagirl says:

        You’re welcome, Jeff. You truly are a very talented photographer with a great eye for real beauty!!! All the best to you, Thank you for sharing. I agree, Mother Nature is so very special…we all need to pitch in and be good to Her!!

  6. Marcus M. says:

    Just wondering. Does this storm also cause Aurora Australis? Not seen in Northern Hemisphere, of course. But just wondering. About 1963-64 we saw remarkable lights as far south as Central Ohio. Travelling north were much more impressive at Ann Arbor, Michigan. Was too overcast in Ohio last night.

  7. kate carroll says:

    Extremely jealous… on my bucket list, but until then, I’ll live vicariously through beautiful pictures such as these! If you’d like pictures of mosquitos, or marshes, I’ll gladly reciprocate!

  8. Adventures in Kevin's World says:

    Not jealous at all. Nope. Not in the least. Not even a tiny bit. I have no idea why you think any of us would be jealous. Jerk. 🙂

  9. Hi Jeff!
    Nice pics and yes, I’m very jealous. We’re living in Maine now and I thought we’d have a good shot at seeing them from our house. Unfortunately, it’s really wooded where we are and I saw some faint light just atop the trees, but that’s it. Am I really going to have to move to Alaska to see them? I’m worried about surviving Maine winters. I can’t imagine what Alaska is like 🙂

    • Alaskan winters, at least on the coast in Anchorage and the southeast, are probably about the same. If you go inland a bit, it gets insanely bitter. Think -30 on a nice day.

      How is life in Maine?

      • Negative temperatures are just cruel. I have my little space heater on today and it’s about 55 degrees out!

        Maine is good. We live in a small town on the coast and everyone has been really nice. I love that I can go hiking or kayaking and it only takes a 5 minute drive. Really everything nearby is like a 5 minute drive. Unless I want Starbucks – about an hour. Or a decent sized airport – about two hours. We’ve spotted some interesting critters too: a baby snapper turtle, river otter and wild turkeys. And I’m really excited to see some fall colors!

  10. Katie@From Shores to Skylines says:

    Awesome shots!! I agree, I’m always in the worst spot possible when I see a good shot – haha. Wish it would come a little further south so I could see it too!!

    • It is trying to go farther south with these big storms! Evidently, the next year and a half will have heightened solar activity so either plan a late autumn, winter or early spring trip to the polar regions, or hope to get lucky farther south!

      I am glad to hear that I am not the only one who is in the worst spot when dramatic light happens!

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