Seeing Stars

I've always been interested in astronomy and I was excited to capture images of the night sky and Milky Way while I was on a hiking/camping trip in south-eastern Washington State.  While exploring the bluffs in the starlight I noticed a faint glow in the distance to the north.  I assumed it was the glow from a far off town or city. But when I set up my camera and made the 15 second exposure, I was stunned to see that it was actually the Northern Lights.  I had never seen them in person and didn't realize they occurred so far south.  I was only able to capture a couple of images before they dissipated into a soft pink glow.  I can't wait for the opportunity to experience them again.