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Thunderstorm at Lido Key beach, Florida. The two brightest celestial bodies are the Moon and Venus. Because of the storm most people cleared the beach, but because of the storm, I was drawn towards it.

Unfortunately, I did not get another good shot of lightning that evening – I forgot to bring my tripod, so the photos prior to this one are too blurred. I captured this clear shot by setting my camera on a beach chair, and propping up the lens with one of my flip-flops. And this stroke of lightning was the last significant one. But I’m sure grateful for it!
(Photo taken on July 17, 2007)

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  • salsbells69
    salsbells69about 6 years ago

    What a capture!!! Magnificent job~! Well done.

  • Thanks salsbells!

    – MMerritt

  • EOS20
    EOS20about 6 years ago

    WOW!! Amazing image Matt!

  • filthy6
    filthy6about 6 years ago

    Awesome shot Matt

  • ADMarshall
    ADMarshallabout 6 years ago

    This is such a great shot MM – sometimes these things are worth the wait….?

  • Steven Guy
    Steven Guyabout 6 years ago

    Oh my, this is a most beautiful shot.

  • Matt White
    Matt Whiteabout 6 years ago

    great shot well done

  • LindaR
    LindaRabout 6 years ago

    whoa ~ THIS is an award winner or should be!! you have the celestial sky and a storm dancing all in the same shot ~ a miracle truly!! I love the way you came to shoot it and the flip flop tripod fix has me lol…excellent in every way ~ xx

  • KeepsakesPhotography Michael Rowley
    KeepsakesPhoto...about 6 years ago

    what a shot brilliant work matt

  • bmckain
    bmckainabout 6 years ago

    This is a really nice image, wouldn’t have found it if it weren’t in the contest. Great work!

  • eXposure
    eXposureabout 6 years ago

    such ana amazing outlook and beautiful capture …

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