"Lightning is an atmospheric electrostatic discharge accompanied by thunder, which typically occurs during thunderstorms. From this discharge of atmospheric electricity, a leader of a bolt of lightning can travel at speeds of 220,000 km/h (140,000 mph), and can reach temperatures approaching 30,000 °C (54,000 °F), hot enough to fuse silica sand into glass channels known as fulgurites which are normally hollow and can extend some distance into the ground. There are some 16 million lightning storms in the world every year." — Wikipedia
That being said, we have a huge pool of amazing thunderstorm and lightning photography right here on Flickr that is worth more than just one look. If you want to try it yourself, take a look at some of the How to photograph Lightning group discussion threads.
Lollapalooza is one of the most popular music festivals for Rock fans in Chicago, Illinois, and this year it celebrates its 20th anniversary. The festival began in 1990 when Perry Farrell founded it as a farewell tour for his band, Jane’s Addiction, through the United States and Canada. Eventually, the festival found a home in Grant Park. Among its most notable performers have been Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Iggy Pop, Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins and more. Look at some of the most memorable moments of this year.
"Rioters went on the rampage in north London on Saturday, torching police cars, a bus and a shop amid widespread looting following a protest over the fatal shooting of a man by armed officers. The patrol cars and the double-decker bus were set ablaze as hundreds ran amok outside the police station on the High Road in Tottenham." — Yahoo! News
Over the last 5 years uploads have been increasing 20% year-over-year and we love hitting a milestone like this. It’s the ability to wander through the titles, tags, geotags, camera info, groups, comments, favs, and everything else associated with the photos that make the huge collection of photos on Flickr so unique. The more photos you upload, the more we all can explore!
We reached out to eon60, who says,
I have been posting to Flickr for about four years. I use two cameras a Nikon D70 and a Panasonic LX3 and have been taking photographs as a hobby for about 40 years. As you can see from my postings there is no one thing I like to photograph, anything goes. I also enjoy looking at other peoples efforts on Flickr, some are stunning. The photograph is of a Crocosmia ( Montbretia ) taken in my garden, in some parts of the world they are treated as weeds as they are very invasive, but I like them for the colour and shape.
A big thank you to everyone who has added their images and stories to help us reach 2, 3, 4, 5 and now 6 billion. XOXO
"Armed with pens and watercolors, urban sketchers from around the world spend three summer days drawing together in the picturesque Portuguese capital by the Tagus river. Field sketching workshops led by local and international instructors, lectures and exhibits offer a unique opportunity to develop your drawing skills and meet the faces behind the online avatars." — symposium.urbansketchers.org
Events like these are a fantastic opportunity to explore the area and take a look at "nearby photos". To see them, find a geo-tagged photo, then click on the map on right of the photo page. A new overlay with a bigger map will open and right below the plan you find a link the see nearby photos and videos:
Imagine this: You’re in the middle of the crowd. Enjoying the music as much as everyone else, but still too self-conscious to bust a dance move. You start wishing you wore clogs to this show because your feet are killing you and the band is still very much into the groove. A rank-smelling odor begins to creep its way up to your nostrils–a culmination of sweat and bad oral hygiene. You start to dance, despite your self-conscious nature, because you think, ‘Hey, everyone else around me looks like a fool too”. Then, like a bird shot out of a sky, Aziz Ansari is dropped right on top of your head. After the realization of having “that one guy from TV” almost knock you out in the middle of Madison Square Garden, you begin to ponder how if a 5’6 man seemingly fell, out of no where, on top of your head in any other situation, that would probably be a cause for concern—but this is a SHOW….and at shows, bad dancing, sweaty bodies, questionable scents and celebrities falling out of the sky are prerequisites for a good time.
Muslims around the world fast in the month of Ramadan that is starting today with the sighting of the new moon. From dawn to sunset, Muslims abstain from food, drink and all sensual pleasures. Ramadan is a month of praying, doing charitable activities, and spending time with family, friends and community. Ramadan will end on August 29th, with Eid ul-Fitr, the Festival of Fast Breaking.
"Sticky heat was expected to smother much of the country’s midsection in the coming days as hotter-than-usual temperatures continued to roast parts of the Midwest and South [...]. Areas of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma were under excessive heat warnings with heat advisories issued for a large swath of the central United States." — Yahoo! News
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