A photographer snapping the aurora borealis might just have taken the best photograph of the Northern Lights ever, capturing the shape of a huge phoenix flying through the night sky.
Hallgrimur Helgason captured the image over Kaldarsel, Iceland, and gained immediate attention as the lights seem to show a soaring phoenix with outstretched wings.
Hallgrimur, aged 64, has been shooting the aurora for years, spending nights in the Icelandic wilderness with his camera in temperatures as low as -13°C.
He told Caters, “It’s really a thrill shooting the aurora, especially when they are so playful like that at night.”
“I have to admit that I always get an adrenalin kick when the lights burst out like that — that particular shot was the top one of the night.”
Forget top photo of the night — the phoenix shot is already being dubbed the best photo of the aurora borealis ever.
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