The phoenix rises! The Northern Lights take on the form of the legendary bird over Iceland

  • 02/23/2016
The phoenix rises! The Northern Lights take on the form of the legendary bird over Iceland
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These incredible photographs of the aurora borealis captured the moment the lights formed the outline of a phoenix - the giant fire-eating bird common in many ancient mythologies.

With outstretched wings and a striking bird-shaped profile, the image - captured by photographer Hallgrimur P Helgason - wowed stargazers in Kaldarsel.

Mr Helgason, 64, said that the bird showed up in the night sky an hour after he got there and started snapping.

He said: 'It's really a thrill shooting the aurora, especially when they are so playful like they were that 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.'

He uses a camera and tripod to photograph the lights, and advises snapping in the dark away from city light pollution and never using a flash.

He said the Northern Lights were mainly showing in green and yellow colours when he was shooting that night but also sported red and blue, suggesting the aurora was strong.
  
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