After an evening of photographing the fireworks at Trail BC's annual Silver City Days, I had plans to get up somewhere high to finally see the northern lights. On the drive back home we could see the lights dancing in the sky just outside of Trail, so I headed up to the mountains for the night.
Above the city lights and traversing logging roads of the Bonnington range provided the perfect dark sky conditions for viewing the northern lights.
There's nothing better than being up in the mountains with the quiet sounds of wind against the trees and a symphony of frogs around you.
Sparse patches of trees silhouetted against the night sky and aurora.
Lights dancing above the Bombi Summit parking lot.
At around 2:00am I stopped down at the viewpoint above Castlegar, and the show peaked with pillars dancing and flickering overhead.
Looking down over Castlegar, British Columbia. The last image of the night before heading back home.
The aurora forecast for the next night was looking promising, however after arriving at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park the night sky quickly clouded over.
A shooting star over Kootenay Lake.
Bonn light-painting along the lake, check out his amazing photos of the Kootenays @bonnington_photo
Panorama of Nelson, BC at night.
Although the second nights aurora was clouded over, the nighttime is never lacking subjects to photograph. Now it's back to watching the solar charts for the next great show.