If you're interested, I've got a group that's strictly for lightning photography here: [link] You should definitely join and submit this and any other lightning pics! (one per day to featured and two recommendations per day to favorites)
...This is amazing, what are the chances of getting a picture like this, simply stunning. We had a storm like this a few days ago, my friend and I both tried to get picture. We were able to get a few good shots but nothing like this. This is stunning.
I saw the lightning flashing over the trees near my home, so I ran to the pickup and drove to the top of the hill. I was greeted with some of the most frequent cloud to ground lightning I have ever seen. I would have stayed and shot a little longer, but the lightning just got too close - see post above. I just got really lucky with this shot.
I got very lucky. About two minutes after this I was nearly hit by lightning. The light was so bright I was temporarily blinded, and the hair on my head stood straight up. It was quite the experience, an experience I would not like to repeat.