A British photographer has achieved his “Holy Grail” of capturing the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, over an erupting volcano in Iceland. Max Milligan, 56, braved boiling lava, noxious gases and temperatures of up to 1200C (2192F) but the travel book photographer’s results are as spectacular as the story that goes with them. Mr Milligan had to attach himself to a search and rescue team and wait until everyone else had been cleared out of the area on the night in question and he was the only photographer left. Having been allowed back up to the mountain by the team, he managed to catch the picture he really wanted at 2.58am, just a couple of minutes before it became too light and the chance was gone. Mr Milligan said: “It was my holy grail and it was so dark, I didn’t know I’d got it until about 24 hours later when I uploaded it to a laptop.” Advertisement He waited, he said, “six years for an eruption and six weeks [after arriving in Iceland] for the Northern Lights”, which are not always as picture-perfect as travel guides make you think and are sometimes simply covered by cloud. The terrain in… Read full this story
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