Rotating Sky, Magnificent Lightning-June 4, 2015

On this day, I witness awesome skies and one of the top five most breath taking lightning  displays I’ve seen in my entire life.

In addition, we stay with the storm from interception around 6:30 till near midnight.  The magnificent lightning lasts throughout.

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Yours truly, under a rotating wall cloud.

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Exploding Supercell thunderhead, us in hot pursuit; KS 283 south of WaKeeney.  Potent thrill, intense focus, unabashed joy and a prayerful heart fill my being.


The highway is a perfect gateway to my goal of keeping us at the very rear of the storm, behind the precipitation shield and under/near the still-building vector.  This is where any potential wall cloud may form.  Ness County, KS.

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I gaze in awe at the mushrooming towers blossoming before us.


A dramatic wall cloud hangs right over my head. The distant protruding section rotates with hope, extends an occasional tiny funnel, but produces no significant lowering. Still it’s quite exciting to behold. Note the vague rainbow in the northeast distance.

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Spectacular lightning bolts dance around the flying saucer cloud. Photo looking east-northeast.

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Very slowly, our supercell pushes off to the north and east as new parcels blossom upwards behind, and we follow this magnificent system up the road.

Like a gleeful child, I delight to a frenetic lightning show, dancing with  beauty and grace beyond all words.  Sometimes up to four bolts per second coil and twist between heaven and earth.

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Awe-inspiring celestial fire bridges evening into dusk, and dusk into night.  I feel my entire being swell with peace, joy, awe and wonder at God’s magnificence dancing through these compelling artistic displays.

What joy it is to meditatively watch, my hand on camera shutter release cable, and take in the vast energy.

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This looks like and electric person stalking the countryside.

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Four bolts land within two seconds in this photo.

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A nice cork screw bolt!

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Then at night, some of the most spectacular lightning displays I’ve ever captured grace my camera lens, and my memory to forever savor:

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All in one flash…

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I am so grateful and blessed to have had this opportunity to witness such magnificent grandeur!

Photos and article Copyright 2015, Stephen Levine


Breath -Taking Thunderheads from Plane


A magnificent bank of thunderheads arise before me in glory. My spirit goes out to join them. 33,000 feet over southeast Indiana; July 12, 2015.


In this photo, a beautiful thunderstorm towers in pearly mountains over the Ohio River as we continue our trek southwestward.  Breath taking and hypnotic.