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Desert Storms are Electrifying . . . and I love it.

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Why is the lightning so striking – even more dramatically visually striking in the desert?
Maybe its the quiet nature of the desert.
During the day the wildlife is in a much more subdued, rather sleepy state.
All of a sudden the sun can be eclipsed with a cool rush of wind urging us to go outside and appreciate the momentary shade. Until we realize the source is a dark menacing cloud with grumpy, thunderous outbursts. We live nearly on top of a mountain at over 4,000 feet. Clouds surf towards us and often lose momentum to reach our level. It is such a tease to see them skirt around showering all the land around us.
So, I am less reactionary to potential weather than “Magnum”, who is on tense mode on our outdoor excursions.
I find myself standing with camera ready, while he is herding our little wild things and telling me its time to run for cover.
“You’re so dramatic! It is so far off. Calm down.”
He survived a tornado that tore off the roof as he laid with his family face down in the hall.
I remind myself that things like that make you a tad more anxious in life, but my walk back is still unhurried.

“Life is a flash of lightning in the dead of night. It is a brief time of tremendous potential.”
~ Alan Wallace

I realize the dangers, but I am still fascinated. Maybe its the theory that lightning was crucial in the origin of all life, or maybe its just simply stunning and what else? Electrifying! Dynamic! So alive!

My pulse does quicken at the sound of thunder, but I do end up taking cover. My little ones keep me on the cautious side. So, maybe one day I will learn to photograph a bolt or two, but it will always be from a safe distance. Not like these fearless and talented individuals that I am featuring in this post. I applaud them for their skills, talented creativity, persistence, passion and adventurous spirits. May they always return safely to share more of these moments with us.
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Video montage of lightning striking in the Mojave desert in Arizona.

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A storm at the end of the road. Do you continue on?
Monument Valley Storm

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Stormy desert skies in its most vibrant and unforgettable. So you decide to stay . . .
Red Sky in Marana
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Sneaky, sneaky storm. I found this image so surreal. The wild cacti and dry desert landscape in its soft still pose with the storm lurking in the foreground.

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No point in turning in early. Mother Nature says its time to party.

Lightning in Arches National Park Moab Utah 2013
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And the party’s started! Aimed right in the front row and center.

My "complete luck" shot. Happened to go to San Manuel, stuck around for the sunset and another "pop up" storm came through. So thrilled this shot came out as well as it did <img draggable=” src=”×72/1f60a.png”>” src=”×72/1f60a.png”>” src=”×72/1f60a.png”>” src=”×72/1f60a.png”>” src=”×72/1f60a.png”>” src=”×72/1f60a.png”><img draggable=” src=”×72/26a1.png”>” src=”×72/26a1.png”>” src=”×72/26a1.png”>” src=”×72/26a1.png”>” src=”×72/26a1.png”>” src=”×72/26a1.png”>

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The more the merrier.

A photo posted by Dylan Martin (@dylmarphoto) on

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Love this choice edit of purple accents to the mahogany earth.

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All hail!
This composition is so very powerful with the fallen ocotillos in its submissive state in the midst of the storm.

A photo posted by Omar Ochoa (@omarochoamxli) on

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Finally, in the dark of night the storm is passing.

A photo posted by Kylie Gee (@indigostorm5) on

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Note: I have made an effort to search these images for Google in an attempt to only feature valid talent. Please relay if I have overlooked and posted a stolen image. I believe in giving credit to where it is due.

Looking at all these incredible and inspiring photos had me interested in how they were able to do this. Does this happen to you? Its like a disease or something – we’ll call it the Google disease. When you just can’t stop researching.
I watched several how-to videos and found this one the most clear, with lots of great metaphors to explain his approach.

Some more resources that may be helpful when lightning strikes again:


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  1. February 2, 2016    

    Lightening sure is beautiful! So are all of the clouds! Love those photos you shared. I have to admit sometimes I get a bit scared when it’s close though.

    • Vi
      February 5, 2016    

      So glad to share the love. Nature is something to admire and appreciate for all its power and awesomeness – totally agree with the fear factor.

  2. September 18, 2015    

    I remember once watching a desert storm come up when I was traveling with my family through the north of Mexico. It was scary but amazing at the same time! Sometimes I wish I could see something like that again, or I wish I my kids could see it.

    • September 18, 2015    

      My sister has an interest in astronomy and I think it has something to do with her experiences in adverse weather, but it may just go hand-in-hand. The power of nature is really hard to imagine. I think personal experiences do have more impact.

  3. September 17, 2015    

    Thanks for the feature in your blog – a great read. As a weather photographer I love capturing lightning although I admit I am a little afraid of the possibility of being struck. My wise Father in law pointed out thats is that fear that will keep me safe. I feel a lot more comfortable out there now but rely on my instincts (and fear) to retreat to cover when necessary. I wish you luck in learning to capture lightning – I am positive once you’ve captured that first bolt you will addicted.

    • September 17, 2015    

      Thank you for your talent! The least I could do. You have some incredible captures. I wish you safe passage on your endeavors to share nature’s wonders.

  4. September 16, 2015    

    Wow, what incredible photo’s. I love watching lightening in the distance, it must be so beautiful in the desert!
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    • September 17, 2015    

      When I lived in the bustling city, with the buildings obscuring the view, I never noticed how storms would roll in. It was always so sudden and unexpected. Whereas nowadays its nice to observe the transitioning of the weather and admire its movements and potential.

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