Great light show happening in the nation’s capital tonight

On my way home tonight I saw a couple of little rays of lightning flash behind Parliament House in Canberra. So, I rushed home, grabbed my camera and tripod and set off to Parliament House.

When I got there, the sky was getting darker, but there were no flashes of lightning to be seen.

I decided to wait in my car for a while, and eventually saw some blanket lightning flash across other parts of the sky.

I decided not to waste the trip as the sky was quite lovely behind the flag.

So I got out of my car, grabbed my camera, lenses and tripod and sat in the middle of the damp grass (it must have just been watered because it was a very hot day) in the middle of the front of Parliament House.

Within five minutes I was eaten alive by mosquitos, which is weird because I’ve never seen mosquitos around there.

After nearly an hour and in the darkness I decided it was time to move on as there wasn’t going to be any more lightning tonight, and it was getting very windy. My camera was having difficulty taking still photos as the strap was swaying in the wind.

I got in my car and drove 500 metres or so to the little road behind Old Parliament House that looked up to the new Parliament House and decided to see if I could take some more photos with my car door protecting my camera from the wind.

I am sure glad I did.

During the next hour or so, I managed to grab a few photos over Parliament House.

I could tell it was going to be a big storm though. It sounded like a monster creeping up. He had with him one of his best friends, the light show which was getting brighter and more fierce.

I decided at just the right time to move on and go home. As soon as I put my camera in the car, drops of rain started falling on the windshield. I couldn’t get home quick enough to escape the monster and see what images I had managed to capture. Here are some of them.

I hope you enjoy them.





Published by Theresa Hall photography

I am a photographer born and raised in New Zealand and raised in Australia. Living in Canberra at the moment.

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