I absolutely love storms, unlike my grandmother. She’s lucky she lives in Valencia. People who know me know that I wouldn’t mind getting wet if I could take a near to decent photograph of a lightning.

I came across this pictures of Toronto’s CN Tower being hit by struck repeatedly during a ferocious storm in Canada. As the lightning lit up the stormy night sky, photographer Richard Gottardo captured the natural phenomenon as more than 25,000 strikes were detected in the storm. Toronto’s landmark building is the tallest (1,815 feet -0.5km- tall) free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere and is struck by lightning an average of 75 times a year. In 1995, the American Society of Civil Engineers declared it one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World. It also belongs to the World Federation of Great Towers where it holds second-place ranking.

Mr Gottardo said:

“I chased the storms through farming towns west of Toronto. It was a very scary storm to be in as visibility was almost zero while driving through sheets of rain and hail with lightning strikes all hitting around me. Somehow I managed to capture a lightning strike hitting a tree perfectly framed in the centre of the photo so it was definitely a very lucky shot. The odds of getting this shot are pretty staggering. It was taken out the side window of the car while travelling at 70 kmh using a 30 second exposure. The “super imposed” look is caused by the initial flash of the strike freezing the scene much like a camera flash, while the second flash of the strike exiting the tree freezes it again a split second later.”

Slow Motion video of a lightning striking cloud to ground and the returning one.

Author: Bea Cabrera

Freelance Filmmaker with a passion for big cities, snowboard, cinema and a weakness for the smell of freshly ground coffee. Engineer & Graphic Designer in a previous life, loving and living both: art and technology.  

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