Lightning, Moon and Stars

Equipment Info
NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D850
0/1 sec. / ISO 2000
State/Province/Region
Colorado
Nearest Area
Wet Mountain Valley
Town
Westcliffe, Colorado
Brief Directions

CO CR 69

Description

I regard this shot as one of those Once-in-a-Lifetime photos: I severe thunderstorm had been raging in the Wet Mountain Valley of South Central Colorado with heavy lightning activity. Then the storm seem to die down very quickly, the clouds started to dissolve and the moon and even some stars became visible. Somehow though I had a hunch that the storm wasn't done yet. So, I set up tripod and camera and did some long exposures of the night sky, when suddenly this huge lightning bolt exploded from the last cloud striking the valley floor. It almost felt as if this enormous bolt was specially created in the cloud and contained every last bit of electricity available for a Grand Finale. But I couldn't believe my luck - to be able to get stars, moon and the lightning bolt all in one frame.

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Date Added
August 10, 2021
Date Taken
July 9, 2020