There is nothing so spectacular in nature as auroras, or the Northern Lights as they are more commonly known around here. They also photograph surprisingly well and offer a magnificent backdrop.
I’ve seen the Northern lights only three times: twice here in Springfield in 1990 and 2001, and in Northern Illinois in 1994 (I think). The ones I saw in Northern Illinois were really spectacular with waves of green shimmering in the northern sky.
Spaceweather.com features photos of auroras and here are some sample shots of the December 14 lights (these were visible here but I missed them that night).
From Ida Grove, Iowa:
From Soldatna, Alaska:
From Bismarck, North Dakota:
Again, these were all taken just a few weeks ago. See the whole Spaceweather aurora photo galery here.