Photo of the Day Contest
Yosemite Lightning Strike by Nolan Nitschke
Monday, 20th May 2013

Yosemite Lightning Strike

by Nolan Nitschke

I took this photo back in July of 2006. After being evacuated from Glacier Point by Park Rangers, I went to another view point down the road and from a safe location spent the next two hours in the rain trying to capture a lightning bolt. Out of over 500 photos taken I was only able to capture one, the photograph you see here. The dramatic lighting from storm clouds clearing in the west and a partial rainbow forming during the lightning was the most spectacular split second I have ever, and probably will ever, see.
Equipment: Nikon D70, Nikkor 18-70
Nolan Nitschke
I was raised and live in Bishop, Ca at the base of the Eastern Sierra and work for the United States Forest Service (USFS). At a very young age I was exposed to the wilderness and backcountry of the Sierra and have been addicted ever since. I have been a serious landscape photographer for about 6 years and never plan on stopping. My goal is to show the Sierra Nevada and its many National Parks, National Forests, and Wildernesses like they have never been seen before in the hopes of encouraging the protection and conservation of this special area and all wild areas in the American West.

Yosemite Lightning Strike by Nolan Nitschke was photo of the day on Monday, 20th May 2013. It is tagged . You can leave a comment below.


Peter Coskun

20th May 2013 at 5:42 am

Congrats on getting this image on here. By far your best image ever Nolan, it would be extremely difficult to top this, but if there is anyone that could do it again it is probably you with the knowledge you have of this region.

20th May 2013 at 6:16 am

Una foto bellissima con colori meravigliosi!!Complimenti al fotografo!!


20th May 2013 at 8:05 am

Once in a lifetime shot…no doubt ……

20th May 2013 at 8:23 am

Incredible! A rainbow and a lightning bolt at the same time. God loves you, Nolan.
I appreciate your affection and commitment to the wilderness.
Our planet Earth is a beautiful and magnificent place.

20th May 2013 at 8:29 am

I peeked at your website… NICE work!

20th May 2013 at 9:18 am

Great shot, worth the wait, great to hear the story behind the shot too. I have also looked at your website, you have some wonderful shots, congratulations of picture of the day.

20th May 2013 at 11:36 am

Powerful, dramatic, other worldly. Beautiful shot.


20th May 2013 at 11:48 am

A real bolt of wow today :) just awesome photo today!

20th May 2013 at 11:50 am

We will be there next week . What a dreamy shot. Good job Nolan.


MaurĂ­cio Costa

20th May 2013 at 12:59 pm

I generally don’t comment… But that is amazing!… What a tremendous shot!!!!

20th May 2013 at 1:07 pm

What timing – WOW!

20th May 2013 at 1:51 pm

Brilliant capture, lucky you. Congrats.

20th May 2013 at 1:58 pm

Wow!!!!! What a spectacular shot !!!

Laura Milholland

20th May 2013 at 4:19 pm

Stunning and very impressive – both nature, and your image! Congratulations on a well deserved POTD!


20th May 2013 at 5:34 pm

Immagine spettacolare! Stupenda ripresa fulmine ed arcobaleno …colori stupendi! Complimenti.Provo una sana invidia per non esserci anch’ io !!!

Anne Egli

20th May 2013 at 5:55 pm

Incredible photo, made even more enjoyable by your commentary on how you got the picture. Well worth the very wet wait. Your website is also fantastic, and glad to see so much of the Sierras which we also love, living just below Kings Canyon in the foothills. Recognized many places, like the rock hut on top of Whitney which we climbed to many many years ago. It was so windy I only wanted to crawl behind a rock to escape the wind, but my husband wouldn’t go on without me so I finally made it to the top. Loved your photos of the sunflowers in front of the mountains and also the lilies with the mountains. Keep it up, you have great talent and passion.

20th May 2013 at 6:01 pm

Wow! this is a once in a lifetime photo. Well done.

Bella Blu

20th May 2013 at 6:45 pm

Light-what a delight. Color-how spectacular. Darkness-so marvelous. Simply heavenly.
Graziie Nolan.

20th May 2013 at 6:59 pm

What perseverance! Thank you for taking 500 shots to get the one that counts! I’ve taken a few from that no locale,but none as incredible as yours. Bravo!


20th May 2013 at 7:02 pm

Great shot. I love Yosemite and got to go to Glacier Point for the first time last year. Tremendous views. I too love the Sierra and the Eastern Sierra is Magnificent. You have a great job!


21st May 2013 at 12:47 am

This is one awesome gotta be there at that exact moment shot! Absolutely beautiful and inspirational! Amazing Nolan!!

mary blankenship

21st May 2013 at 3:10 am

Absolutely beautiful. Love this shot.

21st May 2013 at 9:19 am

I love the drama and the colours!

DA desousa

22nd May 2013 at 4:55 pm

Photography is often simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time, isn’t is Nolan? Your camera and post processing work is not bad, either. A little over sharpened for my taste, but it is hard to nail that down when producing photographs for the web at these midget sizes. It can be done though. That sort of skill is how many otherwise ho-hum workers rise up to widespread accolades. Keep at it, you’re doing OK.

24th May 2013 at 8:25 pm

I will admit my first (jaundiced) response upon viewing this was “Aw, that has to be Photoshopped to death!” Praise be that it is not so, and appreciation for proving the truism once again, Nolan, that “All good things come to those who wait (long enough…).”

26th May 2013 at 6:36 am

So Beatiful. I love Yosemite.

26th May 2013 at 5:18 pm

Great shot!

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