Palo Verde lightning

Palo Verde Lightning
(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 17-40mm f/4 l, 38mm, iso 200, f/5.0, 13sec)

Last Friday was a pretty amazing weather day for Phoenix when you consider it’s March. There was some blowing dust, lots of lightning strikes, hail…tons of heavy rain…it was a fantastic day if you enjoy that stuff like I do!

We were out most of the afternoon, took a break for dinner and then went west of town to capture some incoming thunderstorms. The lightning pretty much died as the sun went down, but I was able to capture this one before it ended.

I was hoping for SOMETHING because I’d never shot in this spot before. The orange smoke you see at the bottom is our very own Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant that lies a good ways out of town. It was cold enough that you could see the smoke, but it was also right under that giant cloud, so it kinda blended into it.

Also was cool to still have some blue sky up there from post-sunset.

This definitely isn’t an earth-shattering lightning photo for me…but to be able to shoot ANY of the stuff in March is a treat, so I was pumped!