Stormchaser captures incredible lightning pictures in Australia

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Lightning is an incredible display of the power of Mother Nature.

And photographer Craig Eccles, from Perth, Western Australia, is so in awe of the phenomena he travels up to 300 miles in anticipation of a major storm just to catch it on camera.


According to the Daily Mail, he said: "I have seen bolts stretch for miles across the sky.

"[But for me, it's not all about the lightning bolt - sometimes it's being in pitch black and in a split second, it appears as day.

"Every storm is a spectacle in itself and you never know where it is going to hit. For me it's a rush. I love it and can't get enough. Being caught in the moment and capturing it all to share is amazing."

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stormchaser-lightning-pictures-craig-eccles-photography-australia


Lightning is a massive electrostatic discharge between the electrically charged regions within clouds or between a cloud and the surface of a planet.



The charged regions within the atmosphere temporarily equalise themselves through a lightning flash, commonly referred to as a strike if it hits an object on the ground.

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stormchaser-lightning-pictures-craig-eccles-photography-australia


There are three primary types of lightning; from a cloud to itself (intra-cloud or IC); from one cloud to another cloud (CC) and between a cloud and the ground (CG).


Although lightning is always accompanied by the sound of thunder, distant lightning may be seen but be too far away for the thunder to be heard.

We think we're quite happy just to sit back look at the awesome pictures.



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