The aurora borealis is often best viewed in the low arctic. When it is particularly strong it does not appear as a distant phenomenon but as omnipresent, directly overhead. These images, shot on and near the Chukchi Sea, capture the seeming nearness of the aurora in the arctic. When the fog rolls in from the open ocean off shore, the color of the aurora sometimes merges with the fog, transforming the colors as if they had been mixed by a pallet knife loaded with white--reds become pink, the blue of the sky blends with the red aurora to form purple. At times the arctic aurora can be so bright it casts the snowy surface of the tundra and the sea in its dominant color--usually green.