This image was taken of an approaching storm after sunset in the heritage town of Toodyay, 100 kilometres east of Perth in WA.

It occurred during a heat wave a couple of days after Christmas. The sky was so colourful with lightning bolts erupting out of the clouds.

I ran to the local hotel and raced up the stairs to the wooden balcony on the first floor to get a view of the main street in the foreground.

Without a tripod, I rested the camera on the balcony railing and tried to guess when a lightning bolt would appear. I knew the scene and the light would not last very long.

After about six shots I managed to get this one with lightning in the distance.

By: Chris Tate, Leschenault WA

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