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Lightning Strike

Lightning Photos from, August 2003.
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Photograph Notes:  We visited Black Butte Ranch in early August of 2003 and witnessed an amazing thunder and lightning display that must have lasted about six hours. The picture of the lightning strike that we captured below was one of a hundred plus strikes that evening. (See our other photos here and here.) Black Butte is located in Central Oregon just a few miles east of the crest of the Cascades. It is usually very dry in the summer but, with its closeness to the 10,000 foot peaks of the Three Sisters, it is also subject to lightning storms like the one that we captured here and in the next couple of photos.



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