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Picture of the Day - September 5, 2009

"Blue Bolts"

Photo of a horizontal lightning strike over Toronto.
Photo courtesy of Rick Ellis.                          (Click on the photo for a larger view)

Lightning is one of the most powerful natural forces on our planet, and whenever a nighttime thunderstorm rolls through I usually end up standing near a window looking on in awe as one lightning bolt after another briefly turns night into day. I also enjoy looking at a great photograph that exhibits the power of a thunderstorm, and today's picture by photographer Rick Ellis is a great one. Here is the story behind this image:
    "In August 2009 an uncommonly active thunderstorm rolled through
    Toronto. The lightning and thunder were non-stop for over 90 minutes.
    As the storm front passed south and east the rain stopped, but the
    flashes continued. I shot over 80 frames at 5 second intervals and
    finally managed to image this horizontal display of electrical fireworks."
       --Rick Ellis

Visitor Comments...
    Name: Christie Palmon
    Town: Eugene, OR

    Call me crazy, but I love a good thunderstorm too. My sisters used to crawl under a bed when the thunder started rolling, but like you I would run to the nearest window. Nice capture Mr. Ellis!
    Name: Ed Morrison
    Town: Dunwoody, GA

    Great job on a rather tricky exposure.
    Name: Dawn Reynolds
    Town: Windsor, Ontario

    I remember this storm well. My shih Tzu Bobbles (don't ask!) jumped up into my lap and sat there shaking uncontrollably for the better part of an hour, and I wasn't doing much better. It is interesting to see it in a photograph thought. I agree - great job Mr. Ellis.
    Name: Ron Trees
    Town: Spokane, WA

    Great lightning capture Mr. Ellis!! I too enjoy a good lightning storm and have tried often to take pictures. I have gotten a few, but it is much harder than it seems that it would be. You have done a very good job here.

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