February 12, 2014

Yukon Night

Photograph by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic

The aurora borealis dances above Robert Bruce’s smokehouse on a cold autumn night on the Porcupine River in Canada's Yukon. When Bruce was seven years old, his parents taught him how to butcher the caribou and smoke the fish that sustain the Vuntut Gwitchin people—among the last in North America to meet most of their nutritional needs through hunting and gathering—through the long Arctic winters.

See more pictures from the February 2014 feature story “Yukon: Canada’s Wild West."

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57 comments
Shannon T
Shannon T

Lovely. (Aside from the creepy butcher's hut)

Vicki Hogate
Vicki Hogate

I saw the aurora once here in South Jersey when I was about eight years old. Scared me to death. I wished I had seen it as an adult.

Maria Camila De Paz
Maria Camila De Paz

The photo makes me think of earth as a beautiful, yet unexplored wonder.

Evelyn Ovalles
Evelyn Ovalles

Beautiful aurora borealis.  I like the way light emanates from spaces in the shack.  Awesome shot.

Nancy Lyford
Nancy Lyford

Looking forward to seeing the aurora borealis someday - how beautiful!! 

Mosan H.
Mosan H.

Hope i can see it by myself one day

Tina Wade-Lucas
Tina Wade-Lucas

Beautiful.  It would freak me out if I ever saw that in the sky.  In New York, it's not commonplace. You can barely see the stars in the sky in New York.

charles williams
charles williams

What a great photo. While in Alaska, my wife and I would gaze at the sky for hours

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

I wouldn't like to be in that little hut on a rainy night but a truely lovely photo.

Peter Ryan
Peter Ryan

be serene. let us learn how to express more in silence.

L. Parent
L. Parent

Magnifique!  NG vous êtes les meilleurs. Ces aurores boréales qui dancent sur ce fond de ciel persillé d'étoiles et le smokehouse qui témoigne de l'ampleur du phénomène, c'est merveilleux...Bravo Paul Nicklen.

Sandy Wilt
Sandy Wilt

I so want to be that cabin and be able to go out and see that. A beautiful picture have to say one of my top 10 favorites

Janice H.
Janice H.

Outstanding sky view!       Wish we could all see an Aurora like that, and in isolation ......so many stars to see!!

Ma Antonieta Gómez
Ma Antonieta Gómez

  1. ¡¡ Me encantan las Auroras Boreales !! Preciosa foto: lo majestuoso con lo humilde.

Shane Hughes
Shane Hughes

This is why NatGeo photographer's are the best in the world.

Merlijn Groot
Merlijn Groot

Does anybody know why some photos of the day are downloadable and some are not (like this one)?

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Breathtaking,awesome,beautiful. The little smoke house against that wonderful background does it justice,in a picture that for me says, 'His and ours' Is there more that I can say? I think not.  j.e.s.   

M. Clendenen
M. Clendenen

The little shack gives it great context.

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