January 16, 2014

Charges Ahead

Photograph by Julie Fletcher

"I cannot describe the eerie feeling I had when I walked in on this scene," writes Julie Fletcher of this photo, which received an honorable mention in the Places category of the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest.

"I followed a massive storm front for several hundred kilometers hoping to capture something special, but this blew my mind. The surreal milky green water is a natural phenomenon caused by electromagnetic activity from the lightning hitting the water's surface. There was no rain where I was and not much wind either, but in the distance the sky was charged and angry, subjecting its wrath [to] the graveyard of dead trees in this normally very dry lakebed. I was able to capture a series of unique images, this being one of the best."

This photo was submitted to the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest.


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182 comments
Ramamoorthy Shakeena
Ramamoorthy Shakeena

This photo at first, looked normal and then after reading the description, i felt that eerie feeling. It was like looking at the picture in a totally different way. It is an awesome, cool picture.

Mohan K. Menon
Mohan K. Menon

One of the best photographs i have ever seen in my life. congratulations, Julie !!!!!!

Brittany J.
Brittany J.

I thouroughly enjoy the contrast in color between the water, sand, and sky.

Also, I like how you chose to position the photo: with the twisted branches of the dead tree on the left resembling the lighting strikes on the right.

Great stuff! ;)

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

I do know that I commented on this one!!!!!!!!!!!  j.e.s.

Shannon T
Shannon T

What planet were you on when you took this photo? No way it was Earth. Fascinating.

P. Mustapa P.maharan
P. Mustapa P.maharan

The combination of alluring colors made you realize that there exist one Mighty Creator somewhere someplace; just unbelievably fascinating,

Eva Collins
Eva Collins

This is water that was hit by lightning!

Robert Lindsay
Robert Lindsay

It's a fabulous image... other worldly but still our world

Fouziah Salem
Fouziah Salem

WOW!!!!!! It's stunning, out of this world beautiful!

Polly S.
Polly S.

This is one of the most insane and incredible photographs I've seen on Nat Geo.

RODOLFO BARRUTI
RODOLFO BARRUTI

In Southamerica-Argentina, Brasil- we're suffering a lot of electromagnetical activity in our weather and storms that suddenly transforms the landscape in a location of horror show.


Congrats and take care about your hobby capturing this kind of strange phenomenous!


Rodolfo Barruti

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