Northern Lights Tombstone Mountain

Picture of dancing northern lights (Aurora borealis) above snow capped mountains in the Yukon, Canada.

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Picture of northern lights above snowcapped mountains near the Tombstone Mountain Lookout along the Dempster Highway, Yukon.

It was a cold one.... almost as always when we photograph the northern lights, scientifically known as the Aurora borealis. We came up from Whitehorse that day and arrived at the junction of the Dempster Highway, just a little south of Dawson City at around 9.00 p.m.. The night so far did not look to promising, we had overcast sky almost all day but we still tried to make it up the Dempster, just in case.

Sure enough, at around 11.oo p.m. we got close to the Tombstone Mountain Lookout when the northern lights started their show. We still had to drive to the outlook itself because in winter there are not a lot of places to pull over. In winter the Dempster Highway is snow covered and especially after fresh snow very tricky to drive. We found a pullout, above the normal viewpoint, pulled over and immediately started to photograph.

By that time we had clear sky but also a little wind, the outside temperture was -38 degrees celsius - with the wind in the face. Although we did not see any red this night we had amazing energy and very bright lights. At 4.00 a.m. we stopped photographing and crawled into the back of our little pickup truck. We didn't have a camper with us that year so I probably don't have to tell you that it was a very, very cold night in our sleeping bags, but we were warm (kinda) at least till we had to leave the sleeping bags next morning....

Aurora Borealis, near Tombstone Mountain Lookout, Dempster Highway, Yukon, Canada, Spring, northern lights

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