Elemental by Kim Roper

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Taken just after sunset, on March 25th 2009, in Berowra NSW Australia. This storm cell moved from West in the Blue mountains in a Easterly direction, just to the South of me, so I was able to watch it track from the mountains across to Sydney. The lightening was amazing, what would start as a flicker would then continue to branch out across the cloud, not going downwards as usual, it appeared to start at the bottom of the cloud and spread like tentacles across the storm cell.

Canon 5D
ISO – 50
22mm focal length

Another terminology used for cloud-cloud or cloud-cloud-ground lightning is “Anvil Crawler”, due to the habit of the charge typically originating from beneath or within the anvil and scrambling through the upper cloud layers of a thunderstorm, normally generating multiple branch strokes which are dramatic to witness. These are usually seen as a thunderstorm passes over the observer or begins to decay. The most vivid crawler behaviour occurs in well developed thunderstorms that feature extensive rear anvil shearing.


  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownabout 6 years ago

    Great capture. timing is perfect!!

  • Thanks Barbara for your great comment!

    – Kim Roper

  • tonilouise
    tonilouiseabout 6 years ago

    Oh huge WOW Kim, what an absolutely amazing capture..I hope you stayed safe…

  • Thanks Toni, it was a spectacular light show, absolutely amazing to watch!
    Pic taken from patio at home, so reasonably safe!

    – Kim Roper

  • leannasreflections
    leannasreflect...about 6 years ago


  • Thanks for dropping in!

    – Kim Roper

  • Geoff  Coleman - Landscapes
    Geoff Coleman...about 6 years ago

    Whoa stunning anvil lightning – congrats on a firs-rate capture.

  • Thanks Geoff, it was a challenge to try and capture it all in 1 frame, as it spread out all over the sky. Absolutely amazing to watch.

    – Kim Roper

  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...about 6 years ago

    Beauty!! Superb shot, Kim!!

  • Thanks for your lovely comment Daniel!

    – Kim Roper

  • D Byrne
    D Byrneabout 6 years ago

    F yeah, nice.

  • Sharon Hammond
    Sharon Hammondabout 6 years ago

    Phwoar Kim. Sensational capture. xx

  • Thanks Shaz, this show lasted about and hour and a half I think, lost track of time as I was surrounded by it all.

    – Kim Roper

  • Andrew Murrell
    Andrew Murrellabout 6 years ago

    SENSATIONAL PHOTO!!!! well done A favourite for sure

  • Katya Lavorovna
    Katya Lavorovnaabout 6 years ago

    Spectacular and unique lightning shot. Not the usual lightning shot at all. Mother nature put on real show for you here, and you captured it beautifully.

  • Thanks Katya, for your wonderful insightful comment, it was a delight to watch and a pleasure to photograph it.

    – Kim Roper

  • Melle
    Melleabout 6 years ago

    wow. Amazing capture.

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