A close one ... 640.000+ views and 4.400+ favorites, thanks to everyone!
Flickr Explore # 1
This one stroke just on the other side of the street. Quite a nice bang it had. Luckily the tree didn't catch fire. Taken from my balcony.
Cropped this from the larger photo. And for the viewers, I took a LARGE amount of photos today when trying to get some of the lightning over here.
The photo made the first page in the local newspaper. I'll take a photo of the paper and posted here later. And that has been done now.
This lightning has been confirmed by the lightning radar and is part of a scientific research publication. I'll publish the link to the paper when it has become available to the public.
This is as real as it gets, the only two things done to this photo are:
2) noise reduction
Update regarding the trees - they have been taken down now.
Update: This photo is considered to be among the top 10 photos in Flickr