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Lightning -107-2400.jpg

Rare photograph of 'ribbon' lightning, multiple return strokes (L) and a single lightning stroke (R) using streak photography.  Lightning does strike the same place twice!  Photograph demostrates 6 return strokes as the cloud, acting like a giant electrical capacitor, discharges its collected electrical energy down the same ionized channel. When an observers sees a lightning bolt 'flicker' it is a series of return strokes.  Return strokes also creates 'ribbon' lightning severe winds to move the lightning channel sidewise.  Original photography taken on 35mm Kodachrome film ISO 64 with a Canon T-90 and SSC 200mm f/2.8 lens @ f/8, time exposure.  Film digitized by Kent Wood on Epson 4870 scanner.