Capital Lightning

Captial Lightning

Lightning over Puget Sound and the Washington State Capitol building

When we moved back to the pacific northwest from the Arizona desert this spring I really thought it would be harder to get lightning images.

Last night I was heading down to the capital campus to make some images of the Capital Lakefair that is going on this week in Olympia.  As I was driving, some isolated thunderstorms started developing to the south and were moving north.  I diverted from my initial plans and started shooting the storms.  They were weak, but I did manage to get 4 or 5 good lightning images from them, which will be posted later.

As the night progressed, a large number of storms developed and moved through the area, I will say, the isolated thunderstorms tend to move a lot faster than I am used to with the Arizona monsoon.

I ended up shooting for almsot 4 hours and even ran into a couple other photographers who were out taking advantage of the storms as well.  This image came at the very end of the night, and I really do wish I would have been aimed just a little further to the left as I missed part of the strike, but IMO that sky more than makes up for the missing part of the strike.  This image was captured from Overlook Park and you can see the state capital building if you look closely.

I hope you enjoy the image and I am really glad that I have been having the opportunity to get my lightning fix in.

This entry was posted in StormChasing.


  1. Mike Olbinski July 20, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Wow, I LOVE those clouds!
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    • ScottWood July 20, 2012 at 11:35 am #

      Thanks Mike. I find myself looking at the clouds more than I am the lightning. :-)

  2. Rachel Cohen July 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    Wowza Scott, an amazing capture of an amazing sight!! Those clouds are fantastic and so is the lightening!!

    • ScottWood July 21, 2012 at 10:38 am #

      Thanks Rachel. Ironically, I had almost given up for the night so I could get some sleep before work the next day, but this little storm popped up.

  3. Metro DC Photography July 21, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    Beautiful shot Scott!
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  4. Toad Hollow Photo July 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    Top drawer, Scott! We sure don’t get very many of these kinds of storms up in the PacNW, but when they come, they are definitely worthy of attention. I can’t get over how awesome those clouds are, my friend.
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  5. Kris Koeller July 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    I really enjoy your lightning shots. Its hard to get high enough in NYC to do the same, but its on my list for this storm season.
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  6. Joe Sump August 6, 2012 at 9:07 am #


    very interesting your NW vs SW, I guess the heat does help.

    Nice Work


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