I drove to Crater Lake National Park last night to photograph the Milky Way rising above the rim. I’ve waited months for the roads to open and spring storms to pass, so I could spend a night in solitude with the stars. Near 1:00 a.m., I was staring upward towards a clear night sky when suddenly, without much warning, an unmistakable faint glow of the aurora borealis began erupting in front of me. I quickly packed up my gear, hiked down to my truck, and sped to a north facing location. With adrenaline pumping, I raced to the edge of the caldera, set up a time-lapse sequence, and watched northern lights dance until sunrise. The moon rose around 2:00 a.m. and blanketed the surrounding landscape with a faint glow, adding depth and texture to the shot.

about author Brad Goldpaint

Brad Goldpaint is a photographer specializing in landscapes, seascapes, and astrophotography ranging from high altitude wilderness areas and coastal ranges, to time lapse videos of the Milky Way. Explore more of his work at goldpaintphotography.com.

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  1. Joshuah Ordoyne says…

    This video is amazing!! My girlfriend and I are headed to Oregon in a few weeks. Our plan is to drive from Portland to Greagle,CA for a wedding. We have two weeks to make it there and was exploring options for our trip. This video sealed the deal for Crater Lake, thank you for sharing this video of nature at its finest!!

    Written on June 18th, 2013 / Flag this Comment
  2. Denise says…

    This is unbelievable. I’ve been to Crater Lake a couple of times during the day and it was stunning. I can’t imagine seeing all those stars and then the aurora on top of that. What a magical moment that must have been!

    Written on June 27th, 2013 / Flag this Comment
  3. Allison Griffin says…

    All I can say right now is, WOW! I have lived in Oregon my entire life, 33 years, and have always yearned to see the beauty of Crater Lake. Thank you for sharing this. I now feel compelled to go. We are so lucky to live in an awe inspiring state of exquisiteness and allure.

    Written on June 27th, 2013 / Flag this Comment
  4. Philonise Jennings says…

    To see the Aurora with my own eyes is on my bucket list but if I never do I have to thank you for this beautiful experience that you provided by photographing this and sharing it.
    Very grateful

    Written on June 27th, 2013 / Flag this Comment
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