PARMELIA amateur photographer Mark Nangle was surprised to capture the Aurora Australis while taking photos of the night sky at Island Point Reserve.
Mr Nangle knew it was a clear night for night sky photography on March 27.
“I drove down to Island Point Reserve, south of Dawesville, about an hour away from home,” he said.
“On arrival I met another photographer, Vicki Olson, who told me that the southern lights (Aurora Australis) were going to be visible.
“To be honest, I wasn’t particularly interested as I have never managed to capture them before so just concentrated on photographing the Milky Way rising.
“Then this happened…the red glow on the horizon is the Aurora, my first time witnessing this phenomenon, which cannot always be seen with the naked eye.
“Not only that but I got the Milky Way in the same shot.”
Mr Nangle said capturing the photo was “a bit of a buzz”.
He has been taking his photography hobby more seriously in the past four years.
“I usually take landscape photos, beaches and bush; whatever I’m in the mood for,” he said.
Mr Nangle works at a Perth hospital as a security officer.
He said photography was a great way to de-stress, get away from it all and enjoy nature.