Alex Taalman / Instagram: sunsetamedia

A Vancouver Island photographer is taking advantage of the area’s natural beauty, capturing the northern lights for all to see.

On Wednesday around 10 p.m., Alex Taalman set up two cameras south of Tofino at Grice Bay and was in for a spectacle he’s calling “mind-blowing.”

“I headed there and set up my camera and was looking out towards the top of the mountains and noticed a faint glow and then snapped a picture,” said Taalman.

“My camera picked up the insane amount of colour and everything above the mountains. It was pretty awesome to see through the camera.”

Taalman packed up his gear a few hours later and went farther into town. Stopping at the Crab Shack, he snapped the northern lights from a different angle.

“A little bit fainter than Grice Bay because of the light pollution, I’d say, but still you get a beautiful view in the camera,” he told Victoria Buzz.

And for those who’d like to see the northern lights in person, Taalman says to go for it. “Definitely, test your luck,” he added.

“A lot of people were saying I’d have no luck, especially in Tofino. But I knew the report was going to be super strong, so I thought, you know what, I’m going to go at this time, and I’m going to go to this location. And I got really lucky.

“So it’s all about luck sometimes.”

Without further ado, here are Taalman’s photos from Wednesday night:

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