As Kiki and I were returning from our customary after dinner walk, before us in the deep twilight sky was a large cloud flashing from within. I went out onto my back patio with Nikkor 80-200mm mounted to my Nikon D300 mounted to my Induro CT214 tripod having set the shutter speed to bulb mode. I put the focus on infinity, the focal length to 80mm, locked the ballhead, connected the cable release and began making long exposures noting the flashes of light.
Heat lightning is a common sight in the Florida night sky, but rarely do you see distinct bolts of lightning creep horizontally across an isolated cloud. Usually the sky just flashes in general, and unfocused giant flash bulb. Tonight this cloud formation appeared as a witch's cauldron brewing a silent power.
Still, the lightning was very elusive and most of my shots turned out like the one above, revealing only the flash, not the bolt.