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Lightning Strike

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First Place - Power of Nature - Amateur, National Wildlife Awards

LIGHTNING STRIKE

Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado, USA

by Carrie Barton

Encinitas, California, USA

“I was photographing close-ups of aspen trees when I turned and saw a storm approaching. I then began focusing on the drama unfolding in the valley. The lighting conditions, overcast afternoon, brilliant foreground shaft of sunlight, and ominous, dark background storm, made this scene challenging. It all came together when the lightning flashed in the sky.”

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II and 28-35mm lens, digital capture.

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