Photo Of The Day By Christoph Stopka

Photo By Christoph Stopka

Photo By Christoph Stopka

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Lightning in Cloud” by Christoph Stopka. Location: Wet Mountain Valley, Colorado.

“This cloud was the grand finale of a big summer monsoon thunderstorm in the high country of Colorado,” says Stopka. “This cloud monster was basically hovering over the same area in the Wet Mountains for hours, slowly growing in size. And growing. Finally, just before darkness, this by now gigantic cloud started to explode. Lightning illuminated the belly of the beast, and eventually, the lightning bolts were reaching out of the vapor mass and were shooting nonstop in all directions. The most intense and scariest thunderstorm I’ve ever witnessed. But, at the same time, so stunningly beautiful that it was truly mesmerizing.”

Nikon D850. Exposure: 1/3 sec., f/5.6, ISO 320.

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