Northern Lights Finger Mountain, Alaska #1929


Northern Lights Finger Mountain, Alaska #1929


Northern Lights Finger Mountain, Alaska. Not actually a mountain, it is a wide broad hill, with an altitude of around 2202 ft. Finger Mountain is one of several granite tors in the area. These jutting rock formations are caused by the freezing and thawing of the ground. Finger Mountain, rising from spare alpine tundra is just south of the arctic circle and in this photograph makes a great foreground for a colorful aurora. Winds often howl across the open slopes and a sturdy tripod is necessary to keep the camera still while photographing the northern lights. Winter comes early near the arctic circle and sub-zero temperatures may descend in early October. Aurora photographers need to be prepared for harsh conditions.


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