Oregon receives the Northern Lights multiple times a year, sometimes the pulses are bigger than others, each time is special no matter what. This image was my second night in a row trying to capture the magical magnetic waves, the first night left me empty handed, going home around 3am. I left defeated on that first night, wondering if I stayed a little longer the Aurora would’ve come out.
The forecast the following day showed another night of possible Northern Lights for Oregon. I made the decision to visit Smith Rock again. I showed up around 11pm and a website I use showed the Northern Lights creeping into Oregon; they move like any other weather phenomenon and aren’t constant. I began to shoot and shoot and shoot, nothing...I’ve shot the Northern Lights before, in Alaska, the Yukon and in Oregon, in Alaska and the Yukon it’s easy, they are right there, big. In Oregon, however, when they come on, it’s a faint glow, sometimes turning into a big glow, with beams easy to see with the naked eye. On this night, at around 1:30am I was tired, ready to throw in the towel when I noticed a small glow, the Northern Lights! The glow began to build! I fired off a couple shots before the glow was gone...the image you see is the Northern Lights at Smith Rock, April 2022.