Photo of the Day Contest
Cosmic Tree by Arild Heitmann
Sunday, 7th April 2013

Cosmic Tree

by Arild Heitmann

On a remote mountain plateu surrounded by small alpine birchtrees and a pitch black night sky. When the aurora exploded i tried to make it wrap around one of the trees. After countless failures...i finally succeded.
Equipment: Canon 5d, 16-35 2.8
Arild Heitmann
Arild Heitmann, 34 year old landscapephotographer from Northern Norway. I was born and raised practically in the woods and the mountains. I`ve spent my entire life out in the wild, but it wasnt until 2008 that i started taking pictures on my adventures. This new interest quickly turned into something deeper and meaningful when i realized that i was able to get people to realize the incredible beauty that surrounds us in our daily life. Now i spend most of my time out in nature, constantly searching for new and inspirational scenes. One of my main projects are to shoot the magical Aurora Borealis in a way that most photographers seem to forget. To show it in its true beauty as part of a greater landscape.

Cosmic Tree by Arild Heitmann was photo of the day on Sunday, 7th April 2013. It is tagged . You can leave a comment below.


7th April 2013 at 8:20 am

You aligned the tree perfectly to make an otherwise ordinary aurora shot look quite magical.

Pamela North

7th April 2013 at 9:16 am

Fantastic title for an equally fantastic shot.

7th April 2013 at 9:26 am

Great perspective on the aurora; well done.

Rashid Abdu, M.D.

7th April 2013 at 12:18 pm

It is a shot that speaks to the soul. The is true art.
Congratulations, and thank you for sharing.

7th April 2013 at 12:48 pm

Stunning image of the aurora.


7th April 2013 at 2:06 pm

What a beautiful image today!

7th April 2013 at 3:02 pm

Nice catch – wow!

Anne Egli

7th April 2013 at 5:10 pm

Wow, an incredible shot. The lights by themselves would be gorgeous, but the tree adds another dimension which really sets it all off. Thanks so much, really love this picture. I went on your web site, just one fantastic photo after another. Well worth taking the time to browse through, I’ll be revisiting it another day.

7th April 2013 at 5:38 pm

Wow what a moment, love love love, great detail , composition and exposure – just amazing

Laura Milholland

7th April 2013 at 6:21 pm

A marvelous sight to behold, and beautifully and skillfully captured.

Natashia Meens

7th April 2013 at 8:51 pm

Great shot . it looks like the magnetic field surrounded the tree and danced off it . Really beautiful . I have yet to photograph the aurora borealis but they are on my list for this year as it is suppose to be a stellar year for the display . Thanks for sharing 1


8th April 2013 at 3:01 am

…it was almost as if I was standing right there looking up at the wondrous stars, the beautiful aurora lights, & the awesome old tree!! What a fantastic photo; keep up the great work. I will be visiting your website to see more terrific pictures….thanks for a lovely picture!


8th April 2013 at 4:25 am

Amazing…true beauty. Can feel the coolness of the air around

Kathy Bryant

8th April 2013 at 1:57 pm

Makes me wish I was laying under it


8th April 2013 at 5:16 pm

I agree – it’s gorgeous and I would have loved to have laid underneath it and watch the show in the sky!

Sherry Kotecki

9th April 2013 at 12:47 am

Aried Heitmann, you were definitely at the right place and the right time! Your imagination was right in tune with Mother Nature. She is wonderful isn’t she? Hope you will continue to present more pictures such as this. You must have had special settings and lens for night photos. I am still trying to perfect that one. Good luck to you, and thanks so much for sharing with everyone!
Happy shooting!

9th April 2013 at 8:30 am

Extraordinary beauty in the Aurora but the tree adds another dimension. Such a well seen image.

Jacques van Vuuren

9th April 2013 at 5:03 pm

Amazing Photograph! Stunning artistic angle


10th April 2013 at 6:24 pm

Totally stunning!! Here in Singapore , there is no way u can get to see the aurora.


10th April 2013 at 6:25 pm

No chance to see one in Singapore

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