Northern Lights over Wrangell Mountains

Northern lights, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Northern lights over the Copper River, and the Wrangell Mountains, Mount Sanford, Mount Drum and Mount Wrangell, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Hey Folks,

Just back from a mad dash to Wrangell – St. Elias National Park. After sunset, my dinner, some nice hot Thai food, was interrupted by the northern lights. Me, Charlie, Keba and Musa headed for this overlook where we spent a while shooting and enjoying the northern lights over the Copper River Basin and the Wrangell Mountains. A good time was had by all.

Cheers

Carl

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11 thoughts on “Northern Lights over Wrangell Mountains

  1. Carl D Post author

    Hey Folks,

    Thanks so much for the comments. John; yes, that light is from the full moon, just out of frame to the right. The exposure was 4-6 seconds at f2.8, ISO 1600. 24mm lens. Normally I’d like a faster shutter speed for the northern lights, but in this case, the lengthier time frame allowed me to catch the lights streak all the way across the frame. Faster frames didn’t catch the lights going all the way to the mountains.

    Cheers

    Carl

  2. Anand Narayanan

    Killer Image ! Not often do we get to see pics of these light shows with such a grand mountain/forest scape.

  3. Sai C

    Carl,

    That’s a really fantastic image! I love the fact that you have been able to get all the elements offered by Mother Nature in this shot, the stars, the northern lights, fall color, water, mountains and indirectly the Moon as well :)..

    Cheers!

  4. Jim Andrews

    Carl:

    That is one fantastic picture! My family and I used to live in Glennallen 1974 – 1976, 1978 – 1981, 1986-1988. On many occations, we would see northern lights, but never like your photo with the view toward the Wrangell Mountains.

    When we lived in Glennallen, I developed this “theory”, about observing Northern Lights and their intensity. During the “season” when they are observed, sometime between 11pm to 1am, if you looked at the northern horizon and saw one faint band of rainbow-shaped white light, there would be a fair to good display of Northern Lights in the next hour or two. If there were two faint bands of rainbow-shaped white light, which was very unusual, (call your friends!), there was usually going to be an excellent multicolored display of lights lasting for several hours. Next time you are in the Glennallen area, give it a try and see if my “theory” works.

    Again, thanks for such a great picture. It brings back many good memories.

    Jim Andrews

  5. Carl D Post author

    hey Jim

    Thanks a bunch for the note. I’ll have to keep an eye out for your theory. A friend just told me they were really strong over there last tuesday night, but of course I wasn’t around there.

    Thanks

    Cheers

    Carl

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