Croajingolong National Park – Victoria – Australia-, this was the following electrical storm that hit our campsite after my ‘Utopia’ trek. I was chuffed to get this from the bridge that crosses into our campsite as it was my first time capturing lightning. I spent there after the next hour huddled underneath the tarp with my campmates as this storm raged over our heads. Very scary moment but this is mother nature at her finest. We all got through unscathed but exhilarated at the same time. Croajingolong National Park – hand held D60 with Sigma 10 -20 lens. February 2012. Tweaked some settings in lightroom to bring out the cloud more.

My aplogies for the crappy foreground. Interestingly enough though, its been washed down from a massive storm that hit the area recently and took my previous years camp site with it! Thats the nature of this place though, its strictly as is and you wouldn’t want it any other way. Dynamically changing and each year we find something new every time we visit. Access to the Thurra River is via the bridge 42 km’s from Cann River through Croajingolong National Park. You are required to bring you’re own supplies and fresh water if you want to camp. There are designated fire areas for that awesome camp oven roast your probably wanting to try after a hard days hiking, walking, swimming, relaxing, fishing and or what ever takes your fancy. Bathing is done in the river you see here. The water is tannin stained but clear and sweet. It is drinkable if required but boil it first. The foreground shows the dunes which is part of the biodiversity of this place. The Dunes walk is completed depending on fitness in about 3 hours or so and you can choose to come back via the dunes or through the Thurra river which personally is my favourite part as i get to go for a refreshing dip afterwards! ITs generally knee deep but in some places can be higher depending on what the water has done to the layout during the year of if the river itself has breached up the front to the ocean. It happens quite regularly which is part of the ever changing landscape here. Filled with fresh mullet, eels and array of bird life and the odd snake or too. Mainly red belly blacks and a little one swam in front of me during one walk back. They like any wildlife will leave you alone if you do the same. ITs all part of the experience. Enjoy and keep this place close to your heart so it can be enjoyed by many more for years to come.


  • warmonger62
    warmonger62over 2 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful shot Sal. A fantastic image. Kudos


  • Thankyou very much Andrew!

    – salsbells69

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 2 years ago

    Superb, fantastic, great timing. Love it.

  • Thankyou very much Byron!!

    – salsbells69

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 2 years ago

    I think your foreground is perfect Sal. The whom image gives a sense of foreboding… like everyone, including the frogs and stick insects, have split the scene knowing how heavy the shit was gonna come down after this flash warning.
    And you’ve also got a perfect balance with enough sky in the shot to convey the scope of the impending storm… and I love the way that bit of pink glows through the clouds and the source. The reflection in the water makes it look as though the lightning’s cutting right through the ground!!

    This IS absolutely a cracking shot. Maybe when you find your editing software (can you remember where you last had it? Looked in yer pockitz??) you could try darkening the thick cloud a bit to bring out the drama even more…
    But as it is, straight from the camera, you totally nailed your first lighting shot.
    Big congrats on an awesome take !!!

  • Thankyou so much for the insightful feed back Billyboy. I was really chuffed when i reviewed the images. I have a smaller shot of the lightning after this one but its not as dramatic. We split the bridge along with all the frogs and stick insects just as it moved in towards our camp and over. Lightning striking the ground a hundred metres away from us. You just never know where its going to hit which is half the exhilaration but we took cover. Some of us in cars, others just chose to ride it out under the tarps and hope for the best. It went on for hours around us after moving over the top.

    The software left when I got my laptop upgraded and i couldnt find my disc to re install the photo software. I will have to get some and have a crack at your suggestions as I thought the same thing. Thankyou so much for your critique. Sal

    – salsbells69

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 2 years ago

    Great shot wahini….stay dry…..

  • Thankyou Kj! Stay out of the lightning… was a big storm!

    – salsbells69

  • Darryl
    Darrylover 2 years ago

    Right place at the right time for a great shot.

  • Thankyou very much Darryl!! :))

    – salsbells69

    SWEEPERover 2 years ago

    Don’t mend it , it isn’t broken !! The foregroung confirms the composiyion Sal , like it very much .

  • Thankyou Phil :)

    – salsbells69

  • springs
    springsover 2 years ago

    unreal photo

  • Thankyou very much Springs :)

    – salsbells69

  • BlaizerB
    BlaizerBover 2 years ago

    oh wow! you must be so happy with this amazing image! cheers

  • I was at the time BB! Thankyou :)))

    – salsbells69

  • KeepsakesPhotography Michael Rowley
    KeepsakesPhoto...over 2 years ago

    Great catch Sal.

  • Hello Michael! Great to see you :)) Thankyou very much :)

    – salsbells69

  • canonman99
    canonman99over 2 years ago

    a super catch, the gent holding that metal won’t need a haircut for quite sometime

  • Thankyou Canonman! I dont get the gent holding the metal bit though?

    – salsbells69

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