Watching thunderstorms from the ground is cool and all, but having a front row seat thousands of miles up in the air? Now that's a view.
Photographer and pilot Santiago Borja captured such a moment while flying over the Pacific Ocean to South America. Borja was circling around the storm at 37,000 feet when he captured the image from the cockpit, mid-lightning flash.
Borja told the Washington Post that it was difficult to get the shot in near-darkness with turbulence, but we’d say he managed to nail it. As a LATAM Ecuador Airlines officer, Borja said he started trying to capture storms in-flight some time ago, combining his two passions: flying and photography. He shot the powerful shot south of Panama on a Boeing 767-300.
“I like this photo so much because you can feel the amazing size of the storm and its power," Borja said. "But at the same time, it's wonderful how peacefully you can fly around it in still air without touching it.”
The beauty of Mother Nature's wrath sure is a marvelous thing.