The Tweezers

Downtown Phoenix Lightning - August 3rd 2011

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So my daughter has been sick all week with a lovely stomach virus. Not napping well, not sleeping through the night, fevers…lots of good stuff. Apparently that transferred to me yesterday, and I was feeling darn lousy all day. I pretty much lounged around on the couch being a big baby.

Wasn’t even thinking of going out after storms. In fact, the forecast called for NOTHING in the Phoenix area last night. No need to worry right?

Suddenly storms just roll in from all over. I walk outside, look just north and it’s like some kind of epic battle going on with non-stop flashing in 10 different directions. I mosey back inside, lay on the couch and start whining to my wife. I know she’d rather me rest up. But she knows me only too well. After a few minutes, she says “Go out for an hour and then get some sleep.”

I was gone for two. Sorry honey bunch. You rock though.

I thought it was almost a useless trip after a bit, the lightning was just flashing in the clouds and doing a lot of cloud-to-cloud loopty-loos and just not hitting the ground much. I was packing up when I noticed some stuff firing to my south, so I went to the other side of the parking garage I was hanging out in and just watched a storm cross in front of me from right to left.

And finally it let loose with some strikes over the city and made my night.

As for the title…doesn’t the lightning strike look like it’s using a set of tweezers on the city where it lands?

(canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 26mm, iso 200, f/8.0, 15sec)

15 replies
  1. Brian Matiash
    Brian Matiash says:

    My favorite part of this image is that perfect glow at the base of the bolts and the path it forms down to the land. You’re truly finding your groove here, dude.

    I hope little girly girl gets back to 100% stat.

    You… not so much.

  2. Scott Wood
    Scott Wood says:

    You weren’t kidding when you tweeted that you got an epic one. Love the rain in with the strike. Sadly my best images from last night were the shots I took of the sunset.

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