Move over, penguins: one familiar electromagnetic phenomenon is now the frontrunner for my Arctic affections.
Owing its name to the Latin word for "sunrise," the natural light display known as aurora has been a fixture of legend since the earliest humans gazed up at it from the Bering Strait. Explained to be the result of everything from fluorescent energy stored in glaciers to the Divine Intervention of God on the behalf of the Union army, Alaska's aurora borealis (a.k.a. Northern Lights) is actually a fairly common occurrence that takes place whenever solar winds and charged particles collide with our atmosphere. The results of this reaction, however, are as breathtaking as they are unforgettable.
San Francisco-based "photographic artist" Alexis Coram took her camera up to Alaska to document the phenomenon, and the results (seen above) are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Says Coram, "I headed to Alaska in February with the hope of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights with mine. That glimpse turned into an extravaganza…a party in the sky, and I was an onlooker, a face in the crowd…awestruck, mesmerized, feeling like the luckiest girl in the world."
Given one look at the screenshots below, she just might have been right: