Amazing shot! Paul Schultz took this picture of lightning splitting over Safford on Tuesday night
from his patio, looking north toward Safford. The lightning spread over the Safford copper mine.
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Tonight was a tale of two completely different ends of the storm chasing spectrum on a 400 mile chase with my good friend Guy Rhodes. Started off by heading an hour towards Wickenburg for a storm that died right away so we doubled down and decided to head north on State Route 93 towards Kingman before the storms died and we finally gave up and made the U-turn of shame to head home as failures. But Mother Nature is a fickle bitch and as we got back near Wickenburg lightning started flashing off to the distance so we would set up on the side of a desolate road and finally got some action. After about 15 minutes we had so many lightning photos that I made the risky decision to pack up and move to find a new spot despite CG bolts raining down. Found a new spot and set up but after about 4 minutes the lightning was so close we had to cower in the car before we moved on with a white knuckled drive through pouring rain on windy mountain roads to finally end up in the parking lot of a casino on a big hill in Prescott, AZ. Vindication for a rough couple of days of chasing! #ItsSoVeiny#batwing 🦇
At the exact moment I was shooting this photo I probably would have paid $250.00 bucks for a nice lightning strike (CG only) from this isolated storm at sunset featuring a nice shaft of rain falling a few miles from Picacho Peak which is just off the I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson. #youcantalwaysgetwhatyouwant 😪 #butyoucanalwaysbitchaboutitonline 😎
"Hope is a renewable option: If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning."
Another frustrating night of storm chasing where I would drive over 300 miles where I would find seemingly the perfect spot with good foreground/backgrounds for photos but the lightning strikes needed to take a photo from average to extraordinary just wasn't to be. At least Mother Nature threw me a bone with a gorgeous sunset over Picacho Peak heading back towards the city.