"In matters of observation chance favors only the prepared mind." - Louis Pasteur
A distinctive feature of lightning strikes in the Rio Grande Valley near Albuquerque is the relatively high cloud base above the valley floor. Generally storms tend to be thousands of feet above the surrounding terrain, frequently 5,000 feet or higher. The great NM visibility adds to the spectacular displays. Most images were taken from a location approximately 600 feet above the valley floor. Many of the strikes are over a mile or two in length.