As spring comes to Alaska, we give a final “hurrah!” to the darkness of winter, which has its own special beauty. For one thing, it allows us to see the northern lights in vivid colors. The National Bureau of Land Management Wilderness Program Lead, Bob Wick (who is also a photographer), visited the White Mountains National Recreation Area this winter and captured some amazing photos of the northern lights. Wick said of his experience, “It was interesting to see how dynamic and fickle the display was, going from a dim glow to bright dancing molten light pouring from the skies in a matter of 30 seconds. I have never seen or photographed anything in the night sky that compares!”
The BLM’s White Mountain National Recreation Area was also featured in the Alaska Dispatch News this winter in an article that highlighted the area’s abundance of snow, groomed, trails, and accessible, cozy public-use cabins. Spring “break-up” is starting to hit, but keep it mind for next winter’s getaway!