Courtesy Elston Hill comes these amazing photos of Saturday night’s (Sept. 7) incredibly powerful and amazing lightning storms, of which the National Weather Service office said there about 1,250 strikes over the course of the evening:

“What a rarity. A thunderstorm in Burien. Not often I get a chance to try my photo skills which are weak living in this area. Infrared light travels faster than ordinary light, so I have a device to attach to my camera. When it detects the infrared waves, it triggers the camera in time to take the picture. No way that the human eye can be fast enough to hit the shutter.”

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