I decided to cover this storm in two blog posts, since itself will have two phases. The first is the lightning/thunderstorm event that affected the St. Louis metro with near-constant rounds of lightning from around 9PM to 4AM! I sacrificed many 'lightning over dark landscapes' shots in order to try and capture bolts with Christmas themed scenes, a very rare opportunity. Though I only captured one such composition, it was the one I'd been hoping to get all along.
Stay tuned for part 2 of this storm (the snow event) slated to start affecting St. Louis around noon through the evening hours.
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The shot I'd been hoping for. I'd been trying for something like this (lightning with a lit Christmas tree) for the past 10 or so years! This is lightning with the Kiener Plaza Christmas tree, Old Courthouse and Arch in downtown St. Louis:
This from along I-44 at Valley Park, MO just before 10PM:
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VERY COOL PIC.. but you are crazy to be out in the weather JUST to get a photo!! Takes SPECIAL person to do what you do!! God bless you and keep you safe and warm! - Posted by Ann L from WV / MX
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