Alan Barrett Images | The Bigger Picture | Aurora borealis

The word "awesome" is much misused in America, but it truly describes the aurora when it is in full display. Over a 12 day period we were treated to the full display on only one night - we did have sightings other nights, but the one night was truly magical and made worthwhile the seemingly endless waiting on other less favoured nights.

The aurora is visible from many northern locations, but these images were made north of Fairbanks in Alaska.