Last night I packed up two cameras and tripods, grabbed a bit of food and a cup of hot tea and hiked three miles from the Nature Center out to Echo Bend, a location I’d wanted to use for shooting auroras for some time now. I was prepared to be out all night, should the aurora and the weather comply. I hung out for a couple of hours, listening to a great horned owl and waiting for the lights to intensify. I found some open water and got a few shots off before the clouds rolled in and eventually put an end to my sky gazing. I could have easily driven north to different location earlier in the evening and likely had a better display, but I’d rather focus on photographing Eagle River Valley intensively while I am residing here. In the end, it was a great night to be out hiking and I possibly came away with the first aurora borealis photos from this locale.