Lightning and Rain Over Colorado Rocky Mountain Foothills

Lightning and Rain Over Rocky Mountain Foothills

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Lightning with rain coming down over the front range of the Colorado Rocky Mountain foothills, this is a view from McIntosh Lake in Longmont,  looking center right at the hidden Twin Peaks, Mt Meeker and Longs Peak covered in clouds.  I Started watching the storm as it was hitting behind the foothills in the high country early in the evening.  Also started with a great view with horses but the lightning strikes were behind the hills so that shot did not pan out.  Next was hoping to get this storm in Boulder, and thought of a view from Old Stage Rd. So down 36 I went headed to north Boulder and gassed up.  It has been a while since I have been on that road so I went up Lee Hill Rd made a wrong turn and ended up in Left Hand Canyon.

When I got back down to the foothills, the storm was not hitting like I had hoped for so I bailed for the night.  Then it finally came over the Mountains,  so back out I went hoping for a dream shot of lightning hitting Longs Peak. But the clouds were too low for that view and had to settle for this image. It died out pretty quick so this is all I got.  As I was shooting this image I felt something on my neck some sort of bug so freaking out, hit it off and did not think anything else of it.  Next hit my shutter, turned around to look at something and when I looked back at my camera there was a Praying Mantas sitting on my camera, so now I know what it was.  So we hung out for a while until I called it a night. You just never know what will happen on these storm chase shoots.

Colorado Fine art nature landscape lightning weather photography poster prints, decorative canvas prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, corporate artwork, greeting cards and stock images by storm chaser James Bo Insogna aka “The Lightning Man” (C) – All Rights Reserved.

About BoulderCountyPhotographer

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 August 28, 2013, in Lightning Thunderstorm Weather Photography, Long Exposure. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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