Just before heading to bed I received an email alert forecasting aurora activity expected throughout the night. After much debate, I decided to head out in spite of the fact I had to work in the morning. As I left the lights of the city, I knew I made the right choice. The northern lights had fully lit the sky to the north. I was rather unprepared for the event and did not have any ideal locations to capture the full extent of the aurora. By the time I made it to my location, the aurora was lighting up the entire sky in the most brilliant display I have ever experienced. Just before I packed it in for the night I was walking back to my car through a pine forest and took one last look up and was able to capture this image.