An auroral pattern zig zags above Talus Lake, Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon Territory, Canada

This was taken as the water began to freeze along the lakes edge approaching the end of a long and spectacular night shooting. Many images that I took failed to have a complementary aurora pattern but here when the lake calmed briefly it happened and fortuitously lined up with some shoreline ice while a different auroral arc framed Tombstone Mountain behind. My favourite image of the year and it was awarded runner up in a Canadian Geographic photography competition.

tech: 2 image focus stack, (foreground: 24mm, f/2, 13 seconds, iso 1600) / (background: 24mm f/2, 6 seconds, iso 1600)

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