The photo you now see was taken the night she finally witnessed the Northern Lights in-person. Photographer Ronn Murray, an expert at turning the aurora into art, preserved this moment for Ashley.
Ashley’s journey to see this phenomenon - a sight that has captivated people throughout human existence - began when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Thanks to chemotherapy treatments and careful attention from her physicians, Ashley feels like the worst is behind her.
"There are still microscopic amounts, but we don't have to worry about major, major treatments," she told local media.
The entire family shares her confidence. Ashley's mother, Shannon, wouldn't be surprised to see her earn a PhD one day.
Is this photo of a wondrous moment in Alaska the very beginning of Ashley's future? I believe it is. And I imagine Ashley does, too.