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A bolt of lightning, photographed on the coast at Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada briefly brightens the night sky shortly after the sun has set and creates a haunting purple image.

WINNER of the Your best low light work Challenge in the A World of EOS Group

WINNER of the Stormy Skies Challenge in the Canadiana Group

WINNER of the Purple & Black Challenge in the #1 Favorites Group

JOINT WINNER of the Lightening Strikes Challenge in the Challenge Accepted Group

JOINT WINNER of the Everything Purple!! Challenge in the Photography Challenge Group

WINNER of the Night Shots Challenge in the Pacific Northwest Group

JOINT WINNER of the Dark & Moody Challenge in the Creative, Talented, and Unknown Group

2nd Place in the Tree Silhouettes Challenge in the Live, Love, Dream Group

2nd Place in the Weather – Members Challenge in the All Things Photographic Group

2nd Place in the Any Strike You Like Challenge in the Severe Weather Group

2nd Place in the In the Dark Challenge in the Quality Art & Photography Group

2nd Place in the Purple & White Challenge in the Mood & Ambience Group

3rd Place in the Thunderstorm strikes Challenge in the Absolute Clarity Group

3rd Place in the February Image if the Month Challenge in the Challenge Accepted Group

3rd Place in the June Challenge. Adverse Weather in The World As We See It , or as we missed it Group

3rd Place in the Those perfect Silhouettes… LANDSCAPES Challenge in the Featured for a Challenge Group

3rd Place in the Reflective Split Challenge in the Mood & Ambience Group

Featured in “Canon DSLR” October 2009
Featured in “Naturally BLACK/ WHITE, DUO and CONTRAST” August 2010
Featured in “Most Favorites” October 2010
Featured in “The Top Favorite Group” October 2010
Featured in “Photography Challenge” December 2010
Featured in "#1 Artists of RedBubble " January 2011
Featured in “Featured For A Challenge” June 2011
Featured in “The World As We See It, or as we missed it” June 2011
Featured in “Challenge Accepted” February 2011
Featured in “1 Theme – 4 Challenges” December 2012
Featured in “Canadiana” January 2013

Featured on the Redbubble homepage September 28th 2011

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  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous capture and scene. Splendid catch.

  • Thank you very much Bunny!

    – Martin Smart

  • Janie Oliver
    Janie Oliverover 5 years ago

    wonderful lightinhg. lovely shot.

  • Thanks so much Janie!

    – Martin Smart

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 5 years ago

    Fantastic image Martin!

  • Many thanks Baynanno1!

    – Martin Smart

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsover 5 years ago

    Perfect Martin! A stunning image and the reflection makes it more so, first class!

  • Very much appreciate these comments David, thank you!

    – Martin Smart

  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosover 5 years ago


  • Thanks very much Adri!

    – Martin Smart

  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearover 5 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous Martin ;) TK ♥

  • Thank you so much Tammy!

    – Martin Smart

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 5 years ago


  • Wow! Thank you very much for the feature Virgina, truly appreciated and a great start to the day!

    – Martin Smart

  • Keith G. Hawley
    Keith G. Hawleyover 5 years ago

    Great shot! And congratulations on the feature too!

  • Thank you for your comments Keith, much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • Lisawv
    Lisawvover 5 years ago

    Beautiful image. Great reflection and the color is gorgeous. Great job catching the lightning.

  • Thank you so much Lisa, glad you like it!

    – Martin Smart

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsover 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the Feature too, well deserved!

  • Thanks again David, it was a very nice surprise to find when I opened up the pc this morning….hope the day continues in this vein!

    – Martin Smart

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