It was just a regular warm summer night, not much going on just watching a little TV and hanging out. Storms were expected to form, but nothing severe, just your regular garden variety thunderstorms. As one developed and moved into the NW part of Yukon, OK I peeked out and saw quite a bit of lightning associated with it so I thought it would be a good time to grab a couple of lightning pics. I drove down Highway 66 about three miles and turned to the north and stopped in the exact place I captured some of my most dramatic storm shots and a weak tornado just a couple of years back. This time I was facing west, and the sun was just beginning to set as the storm moved in, creating this orange glow that mixed into purple and indigo as if it were a real life painting. At the same time, lightning bugs were swirling around in the warm air, like little green glow sticks floating around. All of these came together in the photo I named "Lightning Bugs" meant as a play on words due to the bright strikes of lightning in the background. I didn't know it at the time, but the photo would become the most popular, most shared and most purchased photo of 2014. It just goes to show that some of the best photos can be captured on the least expected days.
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