Flash! by Vanessa Barklay

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They don’t make bands, songs or films like that anymore…

Planets made in GIMP.Done in PSE7 and Picnik. Background is a downloadable N.A.S.A image. Read about Lightning at Wiki

What is Lightning? Who really knows?
Lightning is an atmospheric electrostatic discharge (spark) accompanied by thunder, which typically occurs during thunderstorms, and sometimes during volcanic eruptions or dust storms. From this discharge of atmospheric electricity, a leader of a bolt of lightning can travel at speeds of 220,000 km/h (140,000 mph), and can reach temperatures approaching 30,000 °C (54,000 °F), hot enough to fuse silica sand into glass channels known as fulgurites which are normally hollow and can extend some distance into the ground. There are some 16 million lightning storms in the world every year. Lightning causes ionisation in the air through which it travels, leading to the formation of nitric oxide and ultimately, nitric acid, of benefit to plant life below.
Lightning can also occur within the ash clouds from volcanic eruptions, or can be caused by violent forest fires which generate sufficient dust to create a static charge.
How lightning initially forms is still a matter of debate: Scientists have studied root causes ranging from atmospheric perturbations (wind, humidity, friction, and atmospheric pressure) to the impact of solar wind and accumulation of charged solar particles. Ice inside a cloud is thought to be a key element in lightning development, and may cause a forcible separation of positive and negative charges within the cloud, thus assisting in the formation of lightning.

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Vanessa Barklay is RavenMadd, accomplished digital artist who has sold work on and off Red Bubble, lives in Far Nth Queensland, Australia – specializing in Fantasy, Mythology, History and Space inspired artworks.

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  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnsonover 3 years ago

    Wow! Cool! Photoshop? Awesome work! Great music, too

  • Yep, PSE7, I made the planets in GIMP first, oh and the background is a NASA image, I must add that, glad you like it, I’ll also add some info on the lightening, cool song I reckon, they are brilliant and those 80’s movies, what can I say…? lol! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsover 3 years ago

    Bang ! you hit me , out of this world art dear Vanessa , I don’t know how you do it , but I sit back and enjoy the journey . Wow.

  • Thank you Paul, as I do with your artwork, I guess we are all clever in our own ways…lol cheers my good friend! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Denise Abé
    Denise Abéover 3 years ago

    beautiful :) xxx

  • Thank you Denise, much appreciated! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Anivad - Davina Nicholas
    Anivad - Davin...over 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • ClaireJane
    ClaireJaneover 3 years ago

    Wonderful image.

  • Thank you for enjoying it Claire! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Peter Hammer
    Peter Hammerover 3 years ago

    Another good creation Vanessa.

  • Thanks Peter, this was enjoyable! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...over 3 years ago

    So very very cool, fantastic creation!

  • So glad to know you enjoyed it Diane, thanks!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • ☼Laughing Bones☾
    ☼Laughing Bones☾over 3 years ago


    August 14th, 2011

    You are now eligible to enter – The Week 2 August Feature Challenge

  • Cool!! Thanks so much for the honour! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 3 years ago

    Fabulous!! . . .

  • Thanks so much mate, I like making this kind of thing! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooover 3 years ago

    awesome work!

  • Thanks for enjoying Flash mate, appreciate your comments! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

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