Sometimes, you get lucky.
On a hot summer night I scrambled and stumbled to the top of a small foothill in the Santa Catalina Mountains on the north edge of Tuscon, AZ. Ignoring the scrapes and cactus spines stuck in my legs I quickly set up my camera on its tripod. One storm, one lightning bolt was all she had, but what a bolt, it lit up the entire canyon and mountainside!
I had also captured a rare event in lightning photography, a secondary upward streamer leader to the right proving that the "light" in lightning travels up.
This a close up view of the wider image which has been well published and exhibited. It is being exhibited at England's Royal Photographic Society's "International Images For Science Exhibition" this fall, 2011 in Bath, England.
It toured internationally with the Images From Science I Exhibition. It is also featured in the 2012 Weather calendar.