Boulder County Lightning Storm 07.28.09

  Boulder County, Colorado. It’s Tuesday July 28th, 2009.  Stormy thunderhead clouds in the afternoon air. Will this be the day?  Left the house a little after 8:00pm.  Went to my spot by the lake. Not really a sunset tonight.  And then for the first time it started hitting just southeast of Mt Meeker in the foothills over the first ridge.  You could not get a clear shot of it though.

Thought this could be the day I get  the shot I have been working on. This is my 2nd year trying to get my dream shot.  Trying to get the twin peaks with some great Lightning action.  It WILL happen even if takes me ten years ;-). So I took off for one of my other spots closest the the peaks.  Hoping it would go north  an start hitting in front of the peaks, but it went out east.  It seem to always be behind a ridge or would not come out of the clouds.    So I did a loop to 36 and then down Nelson road to another shot.  First I shot south east.  Then went further down to antenna mountain but it was not hitting in the right place.  So I headed  south on 59th ave hoping for an image I now have in my mind of a great shot over looking Boulder Res.  But no such luck.  The storm cell is starting to head out east and getting out of my range. Shot for a little while but it was all  clouds to cloud and just over the ridge. I only saw bolts hit the ground a few times.  Got stuck in the rain a couple times and did not come up with worthy Image. Over all it was a GREAT Chase, did not get the Shot I wanted but it is always exciting.
Here is what I got. Nothing spectacular.  Lightning Gallery



Lightning Storm 07.28.09

Lightning Storm 07.28.09


Lightning ThunderStorm 07.28.09

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James "Bo" Insogna was Born and raised in Pittsburgh PA. He studied with the New York Institute of Photography. He Started his photography career 1984. He opened a studio in Boulder, Colorado downtown on the Boulder mall. Shooting for local newspapers, magazines, Skiing, Bicycling, models portfolios and some commercial work. In 1987 the economy got bad in Boulder so he decided to make a move to Scottsdale Arizona. Once in Arizona, He became a staff photographer for the Phoenician Arabian Horse Magazine doing the covers, inside lay outs and a two page spread called Bo Trek. In the late 1980's - 1990's he was a respected member of the Arabian Horse Community in Arizona, chosen to photograph champions, riders, trainers and owners. From the first Arizona lightning monsoon season, Bo very quickly became a Lightning Storm Chaser., and aka was born. A very fun, exciting and dangerous job! Since 1987 he has spent many years pursuing elusive lightning storms spanning miles of natural desert. It takes great dedication, courage and desire to grip a metal camera upon a metal tripod astride mountain peaks with lightning crashing mere paces away. His prints reflect the courage and passion he feels for his art. He has been featured on television and in print. In 1991 The VVA honored him by choosing his Photograph "Operation Desert Storm" as the official print of the Arizona Desert Storm Memorial Fund. The men and the flag represent the "Operation" and the Victory and Liberation of Kuwait. The Saguaro represents the "Desert" and the men and women who served in the Gulf. The Lightning represents the "Storm" and the Air War with swift, precise strikes. Twenty years after leaving Boulder, Bo decided to relocate his family back in Colorado. He settled in Boulder County. Lovin Life in Boulder County! Facebook Twitter G+ Bo featured on ABC News TV 15 Bo featured on TV 3

Posted on July 29, 2009, in Colorado, Extreme weather, Images, Landscapes, Lightning Thunderstorm Weather Photography, Mountains, Nature, Photography, Scenics, Thunderstorms. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Impressive photos still–your patience is inspiring.

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