Last night's thunderstorm (May 25th, 2009) in Holland, I went out in the middle of the night to try and catch some lightning.
At first the storm seemed to be far off in the distance. It was, however, closing in on my location.
Tilting my camera sidewards, I was hoping to get a nice shot of some clouds lighting up. Suddenly everything was illuminated:
An enormous impact right in front of me. Adrenaline pumping, heart pounding, boots shaking. Must've been no more than a thousand meters away.
I hurried back to my car, seeking shelter from the now violently raging storm.
I'll think twice before going out to catch some more lightning next time, but man, what a thrill!