25 Real Pictures Of Lightning You’ll Be Shocked Are Not Photoshopped

Posted by , Updated on July 7, 2015

Lightning is an immensely powerful force that we humans have yet to truly understand. Appearing during small storms, massive super-cells, and even volcanic eruptions, lightning is both dangerous and beautiful to look at. Whether it goes cloud-to-ground, cloud-to-cloud, or stays within its own cloud, lightning creates brilliant pictures wherever it streaks across the sky. While there are many highly-edited pictures of seemingly impossible lightning out there (if it’s edited, it likely is impossible!), these are all natural, #nofilter versions, taken by amateur and expert photographers alike. Be amazed by these 25 Real Pictures Of Lightning You’ll Be Shocked Are Not Photoshopped.

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Arches National Park, Utah

arches national park lightningImage: Anthony Quintano via Flickr
24

Orange, Australia

orange, australia lightningImage: NOAA Photo Library via Flickr
23

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las_Vegas_Lightning_StormImage: Wikimedia
22

Straight of Malacca, seen from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln

Lighting flashes as the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) transits the Straight of Malacca.Image: Wikimedia
21

Lombok, Indonesia

lombok indonesia lightningImage: Wikimedia

20

Maastricht, The Netherlands

Great_Balls_of_Lightning maastrictImage: Wikimedia
19

Norman, Oklahoma

norman oklahoma lightningImage: Pixabay
18

Seen from the International Space Station

Red_sprite_lightning_seen_from_ISSImage: Wikimedia
17

Québec, Canada

Lightning_over_QuebecImage: Wikimedia
16

Monmouth, Illinois

monmouth, illinois lightningImage: NOAA Photo Library via Flickr
15

Victoria, Australia

Cloud_to_cloud_lightning_strike victoria ozImage: fir0002 via flagstaffotos
14

Dixon Mills, Alabama

Lightning_hits_treeImage: Wikimedia
13

Berlin, Germany

lightning strikes Berlin tv towerImage: Matt Biddulph via Flickr
12

Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta_Lightning_StrikeImage: Wikimedia
11

Bordeaux, France

lightning in bordeauxImage: Axel Rouvin via Flickr
10

Unna, Germany

unna germany lightning stormImage: smial via Wikimedia
9

Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela

Catatumbo lightningImage: Wikipedia
8

Orange, Australia

orange, australia lightningImage: NOAA Photo Library via Flickr
7

Swifts Creek, Australia

Cloud_to_cloud_lightning_strike swifts creek ozImage: fir0002 via flagstaffotos
6

Childress, Texas

childress, texas lightningImage: NOAA Photo Library via Flickr
5

Orange, Australia

orange australia lightningImage: NOAA Photo Library via Flickr
4

Wagga Wagga, Australia

Cloud_to_ground_lightning_strikes_south-west_of_Wagga_WaggaImage: Wikipedia
3

Somewhere over the ocean

lightning over oceanImage: Pixabay
2

Chaparral, New Mexico

supercell stormImage: Pixabay
1

Enid, Oklahoma

Lightning over National Severe Storms Laboratory mobile mesonetImage: NOAA Photo Library via Flickr

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