Against the odds – photo challenge

This week’s photo challenge of the Daily Post is about photos that say ‘against the odds’. It could be a photo that contains a motive that is unlikely to occur – something that I never thought I would be able to get in front of my camera. Hence I chose something I always wanted to take a picture of but never actually thought I would be able to do so… It is a lightning 😀

Lightning can occur during a thunderstorm and is a sudden electrical discharge. The different types of discharge occur between a cloud and lightning, a cloud and the ground as well as between two clouds. Temporarily discharging themselves, the charged regions in the atmosphere turn into a flash if it was a cloud or a strike if it was the ground. A lightning generally causes sounds in form of a thunder and light or a flash in form of a plasma but could sometimes also just be seen and not heard if the distance is too far for the sound to be carried in time. As it is not really predictable where and when exactly a lightning might show a flash I never thought I would be fast enough to catch one with my camera. However, I was lucky enough to get one in front of my lens and it was a very magical special moment and a special time 🙂

 

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Small lightning during a thunderstorm

 

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Interesting flash following the small one

 

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Flash reaching the bottom
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