Aurora Over Crater Lake

June 15, 2013 (Updated March 18, 2016)


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.

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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

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