By Jasmine Kazlauskas
This is the breathtaking moment a photographer captured the vivid pink and green rays of the Southern Lights dancing across the night sky.
While many have dreamed of witnessing the renowned Northern Lights – also known as Aurora Borealis – few are aware of the majestic Southern Lights that illuminate the sky in Australia.
Known as Aurora Australis, this magnificent light display is best viewed around winter time in the southern parts of Australia and is just as magical as its northern counterpart.
Photographer Jake Bolton was lucky enough to witness this stunning display during his visit to Teddy’s Lookout in Lorne, Victoria, Australia, last week [12 MAY] at 11pm.
The 29-year-old from Ballarat, Victoria, said he had never seen an Aurora Australis as colourful as this event and was over the moon to have captured it on camera.
He said: “I love getting out in nature and exploring new areas. I’m constantly chasing that perfect photo.
“This is the fourth time I’ve captured the Aurora, but this was the best one I’ve seen.
“I was extremely excited. I had never seen one as large and colourful as this one.
“I could see it flickering around on the horizon before I even took the photo.
“It was such a rush being able to capture such a beautiful natural phenomenon.
“Not a lot of people can say they have witnessed an Aurora, and not a lot of people are aware you can actually see them in Australia.”
Talented Jake posted his incredible photographs online, where they rapidly went viral – racking up thousands of likes, views and shares from astounded people around the world.
He added: “I received a lot of positive feedback about these images.
“I used a Nikon D850 with a 14mm lens so it is wide enough to capture the whole scene. This was a 20 second exposure at f2.8 ISO 5000
“I spend a lot of time in Lorne and along that stretch of coast, so I will certainly be back again.”