As much as I love storm chasing and weather in general, it really is the cloud to ground lightning that keeps me doing it year after year. To me there is something magical about a bolt of lightning hitting the ground. I storm chase so that I can experience that and getting images of it is just a really good bonus.
My week long trip to Arizona storm chasing was a lot of fun, but when it comes to the lightning imagery department it was somewhat disappointing. I only got images of lightning that I am happy with a couple different nights. This image was actually the first one I captured that I knew would be something that I would want to share.
I made this from the Paseo Vista recreational area in Chandler, AZ, the same place I made my haboob time lapse back on July 5th of 2011. I lived just a few miles north of Paseo Vista when I lived in Chandler. For those that don’t know, Paseo Vista is a reclaimed landfill that has been turned into a park. The great thing about the area is that they have built it up into a small hill which is about the only elevated vantage point in the area. The lightning that I was shooting from there, including the strike in this image, was actually a lot further away from me than I would normally like, but I was very interested in the cloud structure above it, I have very few lightning images where I can see the top of the storm that produced the strike.
I have a good deal more to share from the Arizona trip but only a few more lightning images, as I said, the trip was a little disappointing when it came to photographing lightning.