January 27, 2014

Northern Lights

Photograph by Christian Nesset, National Geographic Your Shot  

Night view of Sunndalsøra, Norway, a town surrounded by spectacular mountains

"I love seeing the pulse of life cozily tucked away between the sleeping mountains. Energy and serenity come together here in a pleasing way." —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor

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80 comments
Kip Keino
Kip Keino

If this were India, it would be a 'holy mountain' and off limits to climbers.  I assume anyone climb the mountains in less superstitious Norway.

Kip Keino
Kip Keino

beautiful, yes, but a reminder of what an overly-successful species we are.

Hans Straub
Hans Straub

Almost looks like a scene out of a sci-fi movie. Didn't realize Norway could look so dramatic. Would be a wonderful place to visit. 

Sophya Vega
Sophya Vega

It's horrifying how beautiful this seems..

Shannon T
Shannon T

Wow. Amazing the way there's a little civilation tucked away between what one would think would be wild.

Teresa G
Teresa G

Exquisite contrast between the city lights and the mountains looming in the background!

Zheng Guan
Zheng Guan

severe cold left us awestruck by its majesty and beauty

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Wow. What an amazing place to have a town not to mention the photography, excellent shot and nice choice. For those who do not travel outside of their own countries very much I want to thank N.G for all the diverse photos that get sent in and published. They keep me captivated.

Sharon Smith
Sharon Smith

Truly looks "otherworldly" to me.  Just makes me want to keep studying it.  Very

creative angle.  Congrats on this shot as Photo of the Day.

Sea Hawks
Sea Hawks

Wow ! I would love to live their

Rob Leslie
Rob Leslie

Futuristic looking. From a night photographer perspective I really appreciate this work.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Amazing and wonderful!       Such a contrast.       Natural and manmade existing together beautifully.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

His light, sky, and mountains. Our lights and roads in a small town, so beautifully blended together,for a wonderful place to live and to wake upto each day. To say nothing about the great photography that  is truly breathtaking. Love the camera work.  j.e.s.

Kristina Nielsen
Kristina Nielsen

This is truly an artistic masterpiece! The contrast between technology and raw nature is really thought-provoking, and I just love the irony of the title. 

isaiah wiggins
isaiah wiggins

i love the prettty colors and AAAAWWWWEEEESSSSSOOOOOMMMMEEE

Joakim Jacobsen
Joakim Jacobsen

@Sattar Omidi

I'm gonna sound super-racist now, but how about you just go back to your own country/town then, I'm sure it's so much better there..
I for one love living in this town, It's my town and I don't want to move from it.

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