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B.C. man travels 3,800 km in 4 days for the northern lights in the N.W.T.

A man from Kamloops, B.C., drove 3,800 kilometres in January to capture these breathtaking photos of the aurora borealis.

Ryan Fisher first saw the lights 2 years ago and 'I’ve been addicted ever since,' he says

'They’re beautiful. It’s really open. It’s not frozen so it's all open water,' says Ryan Fisher about Lady Evelyn Falls near Kakisa, N.W.T. (submitted by Ryan Fisher)

Ryan Fisher says he's "addicted" to the northern lights. 

"I went up with my daughter two years ago, and I've been addicted ever since," said Fisher, a nature photographer from Kamloops, B.C.

So this January, he packed his equipment, loaded up his truck, and drove from Kamloops all the way to the Northwest Territories to chase his winter obsession.

For three nights, he camped out in the loads of blankets in the back of his truck — all to spend a few hours under the magical aurora borealis. 

Fisher captured the lights between the trees by the Mackenzie River. (submitted by Ryan Fisher)

It was an impromptu decision.

"It was a last minute kind of trip," he said.

He took off on a Wednesday afternoon with one goal in mind: Lady Evelyn Falls, at Lady Evelyn Falls Territorial Park near Kakisa, N.W.T.

Lady Evelyn Falls near Kakisa, N.W.T. (submitted by Ryan Fisher)

He saw the falls for the first time in December, but wasn't able to catch the lights because of clouds. 

"After seeing Lady Evelyn Falls, I had to go back."

Lady Evelyn Falls near Kakisa, N.W.T. (submitted by Ryan Fisher)

"While I was at the falls, I was packing up to leave, and I started climbing up the snowbank," said Fisher.

"When I looked up, they had started right above me. That's when it all went crazy."

Fisher said that night, the pinks in the aurora were unusually vibrant to the naked eye. 

A photo taken off the Ingraham Trail near Yellowknife during one of Fisher's trips. (submitted by Ryan Fisher)

"It's something that I actually find indescribable," said Fisher.

"You're outside and it's -30, you're actually frozen, and then this crazy show starts in the sky. You forget that you're cold. You kind of almost forget where you are.

Fisher says he spends a lot of his time at Cameron Falls near Yellowknife when he comes up North for the lights. (submitted by Ryan Fisher)

"Everything just kind of eases. There's no stress, no anything. It's just watching this craziness go on in the sky.

Fisher is a nature photographer from Kamloops, B.C. (submitted by Ryan Fisher)

"The photos don't even describe it for me, it's more like a full body experience," said Fisher. 

"It's really something that everybody should have on their bucket list."

Fisher says he's going to do it again.

"I can't wait to go back."

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