Thursday, July 14, 2005

Timed it just right...

I thought this photo was pretty interesting. Impressive that a photographer could capture lightning- which travels at
186,000 miles per second.

July 1, 2005 at 11:18 p.m. lightning struck the Washington Monument. The photographer managed to take this photo as it was happening. This photograph was taken from the Jefferson Memorial, looking across the Tidal Basin. It's interesting that the Monument was struck from the side by the huge, powerful bolt, but also note the illuminated lightning streamer coming off the top of the Monument toward the primary bolt. The Washington Monument at 555 feet (169 m) is the highest building in Washiington and has an extensive lightning rod protection system.