Lightning on the Water

This lightning bolt struck in Rushcutter's Bay, Sydney, Australia recently.

Note the damage to the aluminum mast. We just spent nearly a week on Lake Shasta, one night of which featured a major thunderstorm that started several fires during the night. We got to see airplanes fighting the fires the next day. It never occured to me that we could have been at risk from the lightning itself.

Main photo by Gabriel Urbinaga and inset pictures by Scott Finsten.