(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 70-210 f/4, 125mm, f/8, iso 200, 20 sec // buy print)

One of my favorite characters from the recent epic sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica was a guy named Crashdown played by Alex Quartararo Sam Witwer (totally got his name wrong last week when I posted this). I wont tell you how long he was on the show, or what his fate was, but I always remembered him mostly because I thought the actor was pretty cool. So I was thrilled to see him appear as one of the leads on SyFy’s new Being Human series, about vampires, ghosts, werewolves…stuff like that. I absolutely LOVE that show by the way, can’t go wrong with it.

And if you are a sci-fi junkie and haven’t seen Battlestar Galactica yet…take a chance on it. Anyone I’ve told about it has been happy they watched it.

So that was a whole lot of TV blabber just to say I wanted to use the title Crashdown for this image. This was taken this past Tuesday evening, the same as Purple Rain. I had been driving along 387 north of Casa Grande watching for the lightning to hopefully start up when I see it suddenly strike behind this radio/tv/whatever antenna. I saw the composition in my head immediately, slammed on the brakes, grabbed the 70-210mm and put that thing large as life in the frame.

I was just astounded at the number of strikes I got with this antenna in the composition. I’m also intrigued by the intensity of of the lightning I’ve captured over Casa Grande. Both times I’ve been here it’s been all kinds of powerful and epic. You may remember this other one called Chaos of Light.

Almost makes you wonder what that little city did to warrant God’s vengeance.



  • Len Saltiel

    I don’t know how you do it Mike, but you keep outdoing yourself. Pretty awesome shot.

  • Chris Nitz

    Umm, it took me 5 minutes to stop staring at the photo to come down here to comment. So…comment. Now back to the photo…oh, and BSG rules!

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  • Curt Fleenor

    Epic is right and yes, BSG rules!

  • Scott Wood

    Sweet. I love how that water tank is backlit by the strike as well.

  • Mike

    Thanks so much guys! Glad there are some BSG fans out there 🙂

  • Eje Gustafsson

    Fracking awesome 😉 . That is a cool shot. Love how the cell tower is framed in by the bolts. Ohh yeah and BSG rocks!! Hmmm need to check if Netflix got any new stuff there on play now (just have a couple more TopGear episodes left to watch)…

  • A.Barlow

    Damn man, that bolt looks HUGE!

  • Jesse

    Somewhere Al Gore is crying tears of joy.

  • jina

    Never too much TV babbling for this girl… Cool shot.

  • Toad Hollow Photography

    Unreal. This is beyond astonishing, Mike, LOVE the tower there and the drama it adds!

  • Capnschwartz

    This should be titled “IT’S ALIVE”!! Totally looks like an epic mad scientist project but on a larger scale

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