When lightning strikes

Light gash in november sky

Brisbane Lightening     The Perfect Storm

Third Strike

Kaboom     1.21 Gigawatts!

Gewitter am Lago Peten

Tormenta eléctrica en Lago Calafquén, Chile     Communication II

quiet storm - from my rooftop

"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.

Photos from Francesco Magoga Photography, stevoarnold, Dan. D., Matt Granz Photography, Remco Douma, Kevin Aker Photography, Quasebart, Hugo L., Eye of the Storm Photography, and Kaká.

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Kay Kremerskothen

Kay is a Community Manager for Flickr and passionate about extraordinary photography. As an editor on Flickr Blog he loves to showcase the beauty and diversity of Flickr in his posts. When he's not blogging or making Flickr more awesome (in front of and behind the scenes), you can find him taking pictures with his beloved Nikon and iPhone, listening to Hans Zimmer's music or playing board games. | On Flickr you can find him at https://flic.kr/quicksilver