One of the items that has long been on my photography bucket list has been to capture a cool lightning scape. To this end, I even cut a flap into my bedroom window screen so I could shoot out the window during storms. Last month I finally caught lightning out the back window, but a view of the apartments behind me isn’t exactly what I had in mind, if you know what I mean.
I recently headed out to US Route 395 in search of fall colors in Mono County. It was a horrible, horrible drive. When I left home at 2:30am the lightning storm was just settling down without dropping any rain. I didn’t realize that I was headed into the big storm. The further northeast I drove, the bigger the flashes of lightning. I was storm chasing! Out on the desolate stretch of road, the lightning put on a scary yet beautiful display. I so wanted to find a turn off and get some awesome lightning photos, but decided against it since the strikes (for me) were a little too close for comfort. I almost turned back and went home, but I drove on. Really? What are the chances of being hit by lightning?