Lightning strikes over the hills and peaks surrounding Lake Pleasant as sunset approaches. There was some pretty incredible lightning I saw from this spot. Some even closer than what is shown here. Keep in mind this was shot at 24mm which is still pretty wide so those bolts actually appeared much larger in person. As the storm approached the heavy winds began to pick up the dust and create a small wall of dust that moved across the landscape. Down within the washes you could hear the wild burros echo through the landscape. At one point, a massive flock of turkey vultures made it appear as a black cloud with nearly 100 birds. As the winds picked up, the rain also started which meant it was time to go (could have also been the extremely close lightning as well). I got out of there as fast as I could to get well ahead of it again and try and get more lightning over the desert landscape. This storm moved quickly, and by the time I was able to find an open spot to set up the best of the lightning had subsided. It was still going off in other directions, so I took the chance and went to chase more of it. Hoping to get back out there again tonight and capture of these beautiful moments of nature.
Peter Coskun Nature Photography: Photos
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