Yesterday morning when I stepped outside about 5:45am, I looked up in the sky-which is always the first thing I do during Alaska’s dark winter mornings–and saw the aurora borealis overhead. So I ran back in my house and quickly grabbed a camera for a token shot. It is really difficult to measure the value of being surrounded by a boreal forest, and having a home tucked away in the beauty of those embracing branches. To show that view from within in a forest, I chose to shoot nearly straight up from the deck of my guest cabin. The purple sky is largely due to light pollution from town reflecting off some hazy cloud layer in the atmosphere. No moon light was present. I shot only two pictures as other things were on the agenda for the day. But this morning view is one of the many reasons I enjoy living in Fairbanks.