At around 2:30 this morning I was awoken by thunder and was happy to see regular bright flashes through the blinds. Thunder was quite regular so I knew the cell wasn't too far away. So it was another trip to the local vantage point in Toombul.
There was lots of intra-cloud lightning but for a period of about 10 to 15 minutes I was treated to a positive stroke (a clear air strike from the top of the storm cloud) every 60 seconds or so. Normally I'd be rapt to see ONE during an entire storm, but a dozen or so in such a short time frame was unbelievable. The fact that it was night-time and able to be photographed properly was even better.
Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, I got this:
Shortly after that the storm seemed to get shrouded in cloud so I decided to go home. On the way another cell just north fired up so I drove to the Toombul Rd on-ramp of the Gateway Mwy overlooking the airport grounds. The bright orange glow is from the stacks at Fisherman Island.
It was now time for me to go to work, so unfortunately I had to leave.
I find it ironic that I'll drive hundreds of kms for a storm in the hope that it will produce something photogenic, but many of my best lightning photos have been taken within 1 km of my house.