19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A lightning strike over Horseshoe Bend

'Lightning Curve' A summer monsoon storm brings clouds and lightning over over the Colorado River at Horseshoe Bend Arizona. Balanced on a rock that hangs over the 1000' deep canyon formed by the Colorado River, I was waiting for this storm to move closer toward the overlook. The wind was whipping up from the canyon below which required me to secure my tripod using a bag filled with rocks. Soon the electricity in the air caused my hair to stand on end. I looked around and noticed most of the other photographers and tourists were running back up the trail. Setting my camera to take 2 second exposures every 3 seconds I was fortunate to capture this marvelous strike that seems to match the curve of the river below.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Page, Arizona, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Copyright: © Richard Ansley