© October 25th, 2016
Tall pastel auroral curtains explode at the edge of space like an umbrella expanding southward encircling the Copper River Basin and across the glittering starfields. A low moonrise in the east climbs above the distinctive volcanic peaks of Mt. Sanford (at left-16,237 ft.), Mt. Drum (center-12,010 ft.) and Mt. Wrangell (at right-12,610 ft.), the central gems of the 13.2 million acre Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park & Preserve. Far below the cliff, ice fog rising from open leads in the Copper River begins to flow out over the basin floor.