Some lightning on North Mountain

North Mountain Strike - Arizona Thunderstorms

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 35mm 1.4 l, f/11, iso 200, 25 sec // buy print)

Getting any kind of lightning from a winter storm here in Arizona is possible, but a lot harder to come by than the summer monsoons. Tuesday night ended up being a lucky one for me, as some nice looking winter-ish cells blew through town and put on a bit more of a lightning show than we’re used to.

This was taken on top of a 7-8 story parking garage looking north. Ironically, the lightning strike hits a mountain in the North Mountain Preserve, an area surrounded by the city. I didn’t even notice until I zoomed in while in Lightroom that the strike landed right on my side of that hill. Love shots where you see the location of the hit.

Hoping this is a good omen for some more lightning photography this winter, but we’ll see how that goes.

  • Brian Furbush

    Sweet shot dude, per usual. I didn’t realize you guys had winter storms like that, thought it was isolated to summer/fall. Looking forward to more.

  • Heath O’Fee

    You and your damn lightning. Another wicked shot, man – too many great ones to count.

  • Mike

    @ Brian – We don’t get much lightning in the winter times, but it can happen. I was super surprised by this one.

    @ Heath – Me and my damn lightning!!!

  • Chris Nitz

    I love the flag just off the center of the shot. I don’t know why, but it just looks like it towers above everything else except for the lightning.

  • Eden

    Very cool! I like how the flag is so prominent.

  • Jesse

    Love how much of the city you see in this shot and the landing of the strike is boss.

  • Chris Frailey

    Wow, didn’t realize we had that much on Tuesday. 🙂

  • Len Saltiel

    Love the way the city contrasts with the lightning Mike.

  • A.Barlow

    Blam! Nice shot here man. I like how the city line really gives scale to the lightning. Almost seems unreal.

  • Scott Wood

    Nothing better than some October lightning. Sadly, I was no where near it either night this week. Great job.

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Another fantastic lightning shot. Love the flag waving and the lightbursts in the foreground!

  • Edith Levy

    Sweet shot!

  • Kristi Hines

    Very nice! Definitely a good photo break for lunch! 🙂

  • Kris Koeller

    Great shot. Your lightning series is simply terrific.