Beautiful Lightning Strikes Over Sand Dunes

Sometimes, it's just about being at the right place at the right time. In this photo called High Voltage, photographer Aaron Feinberg captures beautiful lightning strikes over the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Here he describes how he got this once-in-a-lifetime shot:

“Arriving at the top there were a few people already collected to watch the sunset and the monsoon storms that had started to pop a bit. Then, as sunset wore on, blam!…lightning across the valley. Luckily…right before this trip I had purchased a Lightning Trigger on the oft chance I would have the opportunity to photograph some lightning. Quite pleased with that decision.

“Setting up the camera and composing the trigger did its job, firing the camera when it sensed lightning. How? I can only say SCIENCE! As the sunset wore on the lightning continued across the valley, approximately 50 miles away. Then another storm to the south of that as well. What a scene to watch! As the color started to fade and the storms seemed to start to move around a bit we made the DARK hike back down the dunes, which made for an adventurous hike. A few light rain drops hit us as we made the bottom and got back to camp. Checking my camera I found this set of bolts that came down all at once and knew I had something special. And that was just the first night.”

Yesterday, this image was chosen as Photo of the Day on Earthshots.org. Just beautiful.

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