The magical light shows of the aurora are caused by collisions of electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. The lights appear above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres; known in the north as ‘Aurora Borealis’ and in the south as ‘Aurora Australis’. Here are some of our favorite photos of these wonderful displays in action…

The Milky Way is part of a 3 shot pano #nowhereliketassie #auroraaustralis #panorama

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regram @paulmp This photo is the definition of true "luck". I often get called lucky for the travels and adventures I get to take and in many ways it is true. I woke up at 3am unable to get back to sleep so I headed out to photograph the Milky Way, while capturing those photos I noticed some colour in the corner of my photo and realised I was seeing an Aurora. I recomposed and included this phenomenon in my photo. So yes I was lucky, but I wouldn't have had that luck if I wasn't out there working and putting myself out there. It works the same with my business, I'm "lucky" in that God / The Universe / Whatever you want to call it, keeps providing amazing opportunities (I'll go with God personally, but whatever floats your boat) but I still have to be out there "hustling my face off" to quote a business coach I met recently, in order to create the opportunities for that "luck" to happen. Keep creative, keep putting yourself out there and create your own "luck". The harder I work, the luckier I get :) Aurora Australis, Busselton, Western Australia #SeeAustralia #Aurora #AuroraAustralis

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