13 Incredible Images of Lightning Reflected in Water

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Image: Steve Mac Photography

Razor-like lightning with an equally sharp reflection, photographed during a thunderstorm in Queensland, Australia. So perfect is the picture’s composition and clarity that it looks almost fake, but photographer Steve Mac assured us it is real – courtesy of Mother Nature’s artistic hand!

Boom! As deafening thunder booms, the photographer eagerly awaits the star of the show – the lightning bolt that is to be captured on camera, along with its reflection in the water’s gloomy surface. When the lightning finally strikes, illuminating the scenery for a split second, the photographer leaves the safety of shelter and steps out into the weather, snapping away in the hope of getting the perfect shot.

Thanks to those willing to brave the elements for their craft, we’ve found 13 amazing lightning reflections that will leave you, quite simply, awe-struck.


Image: Wesley Guijt Photography

A stunning example of cloud-to-cloud lightning and a beautiful reflection to match it.

Getting a good, clear reflection of any kind often depends on the water’s surface: the stiller it is, the better it is likely to work as a mirror, and the better able it is to deliver truly spectacular results. That’s certainly the case in this scene – made almost tranquil by the sepia tones of the sky – which was snapped in Oegstgeest, South Holland.

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Image: Taylor Bradshaw

In this amazing shot, we can see the branching paths that make up one lightning bolt, here in different colors: Nature gives us purple, white and peach from her palette.

Though there are around 16 million lightning storms worldwide each year (affording lots of opportunities!), photographing lightning is not an easy task. One reason is that lightning happens so fast. To the human eye, a lightning strike often looks like a single bolt, but typically there are actually three, four or sometimes more different strokes per strike, each about 40 to 50 milliseconds apart.

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