What better way is there to show both the beauty and power of nature than with these incredibly electrifying images of lightning? While sometimes it just takes being at the right place at the right time, like for amateur photographer Bertrand Kulik and his photo of a brightly illuminated Eiffel Tower, for others, like Dan Ransom, it requires carefully assembling a composite image or "stacking" multiple photos together to showcase a wild electrical storm (like the one Ransom stunningly captured at the Grand Canyon).

Whether these magnificent shots were the result of luck, hard work or patience, they all give us a deeper appreciation for a part of nature we rarely get to see. To capture these frozen moments, PENTAX Australia lists some tips like setting your shutter speed in the 20 to 30 second range and using manual focus. They also write, "Timing is everything in capturing lightning. It takes milliseconds for a bolt of lightning to cross the sky. We humans simply don’t have the reaction time for releasing shutters as we see the flash. Using the long shutter speeds, foreground details will be rendered, and the lightning will strike during the exposure."

Now, just for you, here are 12 awe-inspiring photos of lighting strikes taken all around the world.

Above photo by Betrand Kulik/Caters News Agency


Photo by Dean Mulin


Grand Canyon, Arizona

Photo by Dan Ransom


Downtown Phoenix, Arizona

Photo by Mike Olbinski


Eiffel Tower, Paris

Photo by Betrand Kulik/Caters News Agency


Rosaschi Ranch, Nevada

Photo by Jeffrey Sullivan


Downtown Dallas, Texas

Photo by Justin Terveen


CN Tower, Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Photo by Richard Gottardo


Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Photo by ChicagoPhoto1


Albuquerque, New Mexico

Photo by Bud Branch


Olympic Stadium, Athens

Photo by Chris Kotsiopoulos


Central City, Nebraska

Photo by Jason Weingart


Cardiff, New South Wales, Australia

Photo by Peter Kennelly
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