You can't travel in the low arctic in winter and avoid taking photographs of the aurora borealis.  On a clear night it's almost impossible to avoid it.  If you need to take a picture out of doors after dark, odds are good it will be there on the horizon blowing up your shot.  Often  it appears to be right on top of you making you feel you are living inside a neon sign or  that suddenly every night is thee forth of July and there are never ending fireworks.  On one winter trip to Kotzebue, I spent a couple of cold nights driving the icy loop road leading out of the village to the wind farm outside  in my friend's 1991 Honda which he had had shipped from Hawaii by cargo plane so that he would have a safe way to pick up groceries and mail during the nine months of winter.   On those nights we ventured out into the tundra, we kept that little car running no matter where we were or how long we stopped because the risk that it wouldn't start again was too great and given that the temperature was often 20 to 30°F below zero a break down could have quickly spiraled into disaster.  Some nights the aurora was so bright we could drive without headlights.  On the night I made these pictures, I was attempting  to photograph fog banks rolling in from the open ocean off shore, and I happened to turn around for a moment just when a particularly bright aurora was heating up. I decided to document the Honda under the aurora so my friend could use the pictures when he left Alaska eventually as we knew he would and he would have to have a good story to improve that battered but good little car's prospects on Craig's List.