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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Amazing Phographer Captures Lightning Bolt Hitting Eiffel Tower

While I’m checking my Yahoo! Mail, I have come across a Yahoo News article about an award winning photograph of a lightning bolt hitting the Eiffel Tower.

It is definitely not everyday that a photographer can get a chance of capturing on his camera such a scene. I would consider a lightning strike a bizarre event of nature that is truly fascinating (of course, if it has not endangered life).

In the caption it says, “I quickly grabbed my camera and put it on a tripod by the window,” said the 31-year-old photographer who caught the moment the Eiffel Tower appeared to be struck by lightning. The photo, taken from his apartment window last year, surfaced this week and won the Office du Tourisme de Paris competition. It will be part of an upcoming show in France. (Photo: Caters News)

I have heard of professional photographers who put their lives on the line just to capture with their lens such a natural phenomenon. Many of them have been unsuccessful but through patience some have had fruitful adventures.

This is not actually the first time that a photograph of lightning bolt hitting the Eiffel Tower has been taken. One old photograph from Wikipedia also shows a fierce lighting hitting the Eiffel Tower. It is one of the earliest photograph of lightning that has happened in a city, which has happened in June 3, 1902, at 9.20 PM. In the photo caption, a certain M.G. Loppe owns the photograph. It is unclear to me if he is actually the photographer.

It looks like the Eiffel Tower is an easy target. I’ll remember to stay away from the Eiffel Tower if there is a thunderstorm in Paris.

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