At the end of 2013, I'm celebrating with the first shots I've managed to take of lightning! I've cheated with this first snap as a friend told me that where they were, the lightning was in the sunset so I imagine this is a little bit like what they saw. I was glued to my front verandah but still got a pretty amazing view.
Just after sunset on Sunday night, after a stiflingly hot day (and evening) we were treated to a lightning show. Most of us enjoyed it, however a couple of men in Maroochydore had to be taken to hospital after being struck. Hopefully, they are okay. I was up a ladder at one stage, trying to get a real "lightning in the sunset" shot before deciding discretion was the smarter thing to do. I couldn't believe that of 500 odd frames I shot (yes, you read correctly), I really only captured actual lightning bolts on about 10 frames, with another 15 where the lightning lit up the clouds. Oops, too slow. Oops, too fast.
Eventually, I gave up the chase (something I should have done when trying to get that perfect whale shot) and just sat back and enjoyed the show with my daughter, while we had a beer (or two). Great way to end the day.
This one is my favourite. Is that the "crack in the universe" as seen on Dr Who????
Given my sci-fi bent, I couldn't help remembering John Wyndham's classic novel, Day of the Triffids, where people who watched a light show were .... [spoiler alert!] ... blinded.