I often get asked, on a scale of 1-10, how would you rate tonight's aurora? 

And it's the worst. So stop asking.

Just kidding, of course, I love and am happy to talk about it. But having first seen the aurora eight years ago, and having spent a considerable portion of my time, energy, and resources since then, chasing the aurora across the globe, it's one of the hardest questions for me to answer, because <insert> generic, no real factual or definitive answer here </insert> it's always such a different experience. The weather. The chase. The company. The scenery. The aurora itself. And there's never a night I don't fully love or appreciate being under the lights, especially as an interested photographer. So the answer is, I'd rate it different. Photographing the aurora balanced perfectly with an exposure that displays the milky way is just as special to me as seeing the aurora dance actively across the sky and light the snow the colour green.