The life of a Northern Lights photographer involves happily lost sleep. Last night my wife and I had decided to try our hand at taking pictures of star trails as they circle around the North Star. At 12:15 am we walked down to our cabin's dock to start the 30 minute exposures we had planned out at twilight when we set up our tripods with the proper angles. Our goal was to not only obtain star trails, but also get their reflection in our lake just south of the Canadian border in northern Minnesota. Our lake is named appropriately enough, Northstar Lake.
However the heavens had different ideas for last night's photoshoot. A display of Northern Lights was starting to wave across the sky, and reflect in the lake. Given it was a gorgeous night with temperatures in the mid 60's ... a rare event in the Northland ... we stayed up till 2:45 am enjoying and photographing the light show. We felt the experience was better than the fireworks from the prior evening's July 4th displays.