Moonbows and Lightning

The last few days have provided opportunities for photographing lightning and moonbows. A moonbow, of course, is nothing more than a rainbow that is lit by the light of the moon rather than the sun. Although not rare, I’ve never had an opportunity to photograph a moonbow before. Even better, it was a double moonbow. And, to make it even better, there was lightning to go along with it.

Moonbow over Sedona, Arizona.
Moonbow over Sedona, Arizona.

A short time-lapse video is available. The video covers a period of 24 minutes compressed into 8 seconds.

The previous evening I was also shooting lightning in Sedona and was able to capture this beautiful cloud-to-ground lightning bolt adjacent to Cathedral Rock. (Minor problem: it wasn’t in sharp focus. Oh, well.)

Lightning near Cathedral Rock, Sedona, Arizona.
Lightning near Cathedral Rock, Sedona, Arizona.



  1. Dave,
    That moonbow image is incredible! One of the best storm picture ever in my opinion. The lightning image is also great.

  2. Do you mind if I post a link to your blog entry on Twitter? I’m sure many Arizona storm chasers would like to see it.

  3. Thanks, Mike!

    Sorry for the very late response. For some reason, WordPress did not send these comments to me as emails. Normally, it would and I would respond promptly. Must have been one of the updates…

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