Todd Salat was born an Iowa country boy, making his way to the mountains as often as possible. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in geology at the University of South Dakota in 1986 and a Masters in geology from the University of Wyoming in 1989. With that, he scored a job as an exploration geologist and made that big right-hand turn to Alaska.
As a geologist, he enjoyed exploring and unraveling the earth history of the Brooks Range of Alaska and the Andes of Venezuela. However, the seven-year-itch came upon him and he resigned from his corporate day job. The first dream he chased was a year-long walkabout in the "Land Down Under," Australia & New Zealand.
Todd returned to Alaska in 1997 to follow through on his dream of becoming a full-time freelance photographer. The next big chapter in life began with a blind date, and in 2001 he married the love-of-his-life, Shay. They reside in Anchorage and enjoy a cabin retreat in Hatcher Pass. With a heated camper on their truck, they eagerly follow their mission statement: Be There ~ Preserve the Moment ~ Share It!
Here’s a highlight reel of my best aurora nights in 2013, including THE best St. Patrick’s Day aurora display. That was an epic night in Alaska with an EPIC FLIGHT to the stars!
2014 has great potential. We are still in the peak phase of the solar cycle and on any given night, predicted or not predicted, there can be a light show that will set you free.