Valley of Light

Valley of Light

The “Valley of Light” Experience

I dropped my truck into first gear as I slowly chugged up the semi-narrow and winding road to Atigun Pass. It looked like avalanche country. Ten minutes later I was standing on the continental divide in the Brooks Range of northern Alaska.

Gazing north into the moonlit October night my sense of awe grew strong as I took in the entire grandeur of the valley before me. It was a perfect U-shaped valley, carved out by an alpine glacier several millennium before. I slowly descended into it and camped out for a week. Every night I celebrated the moonrise as it illuminated the snow-covered topography, and on some nights the aurora would join the escapade. To me, this was photogenic paradise. On one particular night a rippling arc of aurora broke out overhead as the full moon centered itself in the southern sky. The natural symmetry of the moment was exhilarating, and I can easily remember that wonderful feeling of standing there, so small, in the enormity of the "Valley of Light."


AuroraHunter Gallery

  • Alaska Gold
  • Alaska Magic
  • Alyeska Aglow
  • Blast Off!
  • Blue Wonder
  • Crescendo
  • Denali Dance
  • Denali Fireweed
  • Denali North
  • Epic Flight
  • First Light
  • Fish On
  • Fish Wheelin'
  • Freebird
  • Galaxias
  • Goddess of Dawn
  • Heaven and Earth
  • I Breathe Aurora
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Kennecott Treasures
  • Legendary Lady
  • Lily Red
  • Midnight Bloom
  • Morning Glory
  • Nightingale
  • Patriot Bear
  • Pilot's Dream
  • Placid Beauty
  • Sky Blue Pink
  • Talkeetna Vista
  • The Legend
  • Turnagain Nights
  • Valley of Light
  • Whirled View
  • Winter's End