Lightning Storm With Reflection, Grand Teton

This shot was taken from the eye of a lightning storm on a late August afternoon in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park. We had started a walk around Two Ocean lake to the north of the spot, when growing wind and the ill omen of a writhing snake's nest, convinced us to turn around. It proved a wise decision, with wind rising to a gale, rain turning to hail and lightning bursting from the sky.


On the drive back to the National Park HQ, we into what appeared to be an eye. Pulling up at the river bank, lightning was still flashing to the north, west and south-east.


Free from the wind and rain I got as many photos as possible away. Without tripod and with difficult light in a brief pause I didn't acquit myself as well as the opportunity deserved, but do like this dark image with the lightning reflected in the grey river. It's my first lightning capture and hopefully a picture worth sharing.

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  • John Hamilton 5y

    Really cool, and good decision heading in.
  • Tina 5y

    Beautiful perspective, great details.
    Thank you so very for your stopping by.
  • livin the dream* 5y

    fantastic capture ~ very dramatic ! :-))
  • +30 Alexis 5y

    It is beyond perfection....
    Catching a lightning not an easy task....
    Congratulations for the photo and the nice story that follows!!!
  • Daniel Gafanhoto 5y

    Pretty cool capture!
  • Larry Gallier 5y

    This is so beautiful! I can feel the late afternoon, summer experience, in such a magical place, through this image
  • Mariano Alfonso 5y

    just amazing
  • nepalbaba PRO 5y

    Beautiful place well captured ! Great timing !
    Ciao :-)
  • Nicole (Nic) PRO 5y

    Beautiful photo!
  • Donald Tedrow 5y

    At the end of the lighting bolt in the absence of a rainbow. I love high mountain showers they are sometimes electrifying. You have twice skillfully captured that nicely; in the sky and in reflection, brilliant.
  • Pablo Suárez 5y

    I'm not too keen on landscape photography (nature has never struck me as something interesting) but this one photo, regardless of how simple it is, goes further than most landscape photos for it's not so much about "the landscape" (as depicted in a postcard) but about "the atmosphere" of the place, about what the place conveys (which is something you cannot see but you can feel) To me, it conveys some kind of repressed turmoil ready to burst out any moment ....That and melancholy......
  • Laure PRO 5y

    Brilliant. Perfect timing, perfect landscape wonderfully revealed. I wish I had done this one... This is the kind of landscape I really love.
  • Tom Gray Belt 5y

    a stunner!!!
  • Corinne Schwarz 4y

    I've yet to get a lightning capture... I think this shot is amazing. So many beautiful elements.
  • Andrew Watson PRO 4y

    Awesome mood to this one! Love the mountains in the background!
  • Semyorka. 4y

  • Photo--Graphy 4y

    Wonderfull !
  • Sudarshan V 4y

    Amazing tones & view!!! Wonderful image & capture., Thank you so much for all the encouraging words & lovely comments.So nice of you to patiently share your thoughts.. Like tonic to me!! Best regards friend, Have a wonderful day!!
  • some_stuff 3y

    holy crap, perfect timing
  • Carlos López Barroso 1y

    Very beautiful landscape, and agree, good timing!!
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Taken on August 6, 2009
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