You don’t have to go to Canada or Alaska to see them! Here’s a nature photographer’s guide to capturing the aurora borealis in the dark skies above Washington, Idaho, and Montana
Like a giant ray gun pointed at Earth, the sun blasts our planet with gusts of solar wind, creating ethereal flares of light as solar particles hit oxygen and nitrogen in our atmosphere. In the northern hemisphere, this natural phenomenon is called the northern lights or aurora borealis.
If experiencing them is on your bucket list, you can start saving for an epic trip to Alaska or Canada … or you can ditch the tour group and go on a DIY aurora-photo quest in Eastern Washington and northern Idaho and Montana.
Spokane-based photographer Craig Goodwin is obsessed with tracking the northern lights. Here, he shares his photos, favorite locations for aurora watching, and tips on how to photograph the night sky.