Lightning - Jonathan Merage
IMG 945 -- Bolt from the Blue

On this night, I had the rare luck of capturing a less photographed form of lightning called a 'bolt from the blue', so named since they shoot out from the top of the storm, arcing sideways-- around the anvil-- and touching ground far outside of the storm's main precipitation regions. 

While spectacular to photograph (but almost impossible to witness visually), such bolts are far more deadly than the common negatively-charged strike and the cause of many deaths as they carry tremendously greater charge (usually 10X more than the common bolt!), and thus travel several miles outside of the main storm body.

IMG 945 -- Bolt from the Blue

On this night, I had the rare luck of capturing a less photographed form of lightning called a 'bolt from the blue', so named since they shoot out from the top of the storm, arcing sideways-- around the anvil-- and touching ground far outside of the storm's main precipitation regions.

While spectacular to photograph (but almost impossible to witness visually), such bolts are far more deadly than the common negatively-charged strike and the cause of many deaths as they carry tremendously greater charge (usually 10X more than the common bolt!), and thus travel several miles outside of the main storm body.

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