Cloud to ground

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.

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  1. Toad Hollow Photo July 19, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    This is just stunning, Scott! I love the power and drama of the strike, and all the terrific details in the looming storm system that generated it! Fabulous work, my friend.
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  2. Mark Moore July 21, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    I love lightning shots and this is one of the best I’ve seen in awhile. Nice shot!
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  3. murphyz July 22, 2013 at 5:11 am #

    I’m still to shoot my first ever lightning image, and don’t get much of a chance in the UK. It certainly seems to be something that would be worth planning a trip around though, and if you do come away with a shot like this (which is awesome, btw), then it seems worthwhile.
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