'The aurora borealis is the most beautifully colored creation that man has beheld. The forms richest in color are the striped areas, crowns, or glories, and especially the draperies and ribbon aurora...The forms of the aurora are myriad in variety, gigantic columns, serpents, gods, goddesses, etc., succeeding each other with lightning-like rapidity. In texture, it resembles an infinitesimally fine-spun spider's web of vast proportions, through which the stars shine bright and clear.' (F.W. Stokes, Colors in the North and South Polar Regions, Eighth International Geographic Congress, p.712).