Alaska ~ Land of the Midnight Sun…flower. Wow, what a great light show! Auroras were blooming everywhere on this Saturday night and are seen here dancing over our Anchorage backyard garden near midnight on September 19, 2015.
At first, I was planning to go watch the northern lights from the nearby Chugach Mountains but decided to stay home because I had my eyes on this late but great six-foot tall sunflower! I figured it was a unique opportunity to shoot the auroras over Helianthus (from the Greek: Helios/sun + anthos/flower).
The tall, spindly purple flower on the left is called tree mallow. A big old spruce tree also on the left side points toward the Polaris, the North Star. To complete the earth-to-sky framing a beautiful birch tree on the right, ablaze in full autumn colors, reaches for the stars above in the W-shaped constellation of Cassiopeia, the Queen.