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The beauty of a lightning strike

September 05, 2014 09:26 IST

That flash of light in the sky followed by thunder can be both mesmerising and scary. Rediff.com presents some amazing pictures of lightning captured by ace lensmen.


Lightning bolts strike around the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain near southern Osorno city. Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Lightning strikes over buildings during heavy rainfall in Kunshan, Jiangsu province. Photograph: Reuters

Lightning strikes during a summer storm in Monterrey. Photograph: Daniel Becerril/Reuters

Lightning streaks across the sky as lava flows from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokul Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Lighting strikes over Saint Joseph cathedral during a storm in Hanoi Photograph: Carlos Barria /Reuters

Lightning strikes behind the Mandalay Bay (L) and the Luxor hotel casinos as a thunderstorm passes through Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Lightning illuminates the sky offshore Beirut. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

Lightnings strike over buildings during a thunderstorm in Berlin. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

Lightning strikes the CN Tower during a thunderstorm in Toronto. Photograph: Mark Blinch/Reuters

Lightning illuminates the sky during a thunderstorm over the Swiss Federal Palace in Bern. Photograph: Michael Buholzer/Reuters

Lightning flashes around the ash plume above the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano chain near Entrelagos. Photograph: Carlos Gutierrez/Reuters

Lightning is seen during a storm under the Memorial Center in Potocari the night before a mass burial, near Srebrenica. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Lightning strikes over buildings during a thunderstorm in Belgrade. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters