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With little to no snow on the ground I packed up my winter hiking boots instead of my ski boots and hiked slowly out to Angel Rocks (about 50 miles from Fairbanks). I had hopes for aurora, but was mainly wanting to nab a few shots of the Milky Way under the dark skies of a new moon.
It turned out to be quite a windy night. The air temperature hung around 0° F, so it was tolerable, even though it bit my face a little bit. After sitting on a rock for two hours trying to keep the tripod steady with the wind trying to blow everything off the rock I decided to start heading back. If only there had been a bit of snow I could have partially buried to tripod legs to keep it stable.
The show really started while I was driving home. As I passed the Granite Tors trailhead near mile 40 of Chena Hot Springs Road it looked like a giant drape was opening to the north. I stopped a few miles down the road where there’s a good pull-off with open skies to the north and south. Surprisingly, there was a good amount of open water here too.
The full set from the evening is here: Aurora set 2014-11-21