Chilly fall days and lengthening nights mark the start of the northern lights season, when photographers, nature lovers and adventure seekers brave the cold in search of “Lady Aurora” and her dancing lights.

The northern lights, or aurora borealis, have inspired countless colorful legends and stories. Some northern cultures believe the lights are connected with life after death. According to Alutiiq cosmology, the lights are the spirits of dead warriors, and whistling will bring them closer.

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