After seeing a recent forecast for decent aurora in northern British Columbia, I spent a few hours on Google Maps, searching for a lakeside campground with clear views to the north. The hope was to catch a photograph of the northern lights reflecting on still water. A lot of things had to come together to make that happen, but I figured the adventure was worth it. I selected a few lakes and bumped along some forest service roads until I found the perfect spot. Fortune upon me, I had the place all to myself - except for the mosquitoes and black flies.
As the sky darkened, the wind died down to a calm, and the bugs subsided. Only the calls of loons and owls broke the silence. Then the aurora appeared in the northern sky. I took dozens of photos while the lights danced in the sky over the next few hours. As if part of some kind of coordinated light show, some clouds accented the moving lights as I captured this image.