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.

14 replies
  1. Mike
    Mike says:

    @ 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!!!

  2. Chris Nitz
    Chris Nitz says:

    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.

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