How This Man Took One Of The Coolest Photos You’ll Ever See

The Arizona desert is an ecosphere unto itself. The vivid colors, rugged landscape and unique native inhabitants all serve to create a distinct environment.

But there’s more to Arizona than what’s on the ground. You gotta look up in the sky, which is where Tucson resident Greg McCown took the photo below. He’s in real estate during the week, but in his spare time he likes to go storm chasing, and there are certainly a lot of storms in Arizona’s arid and volatile climate. Apparently he’d been working for years to get a great rainbow lightning shot.

As McCown writes in his Facebook post:

After years of trying I finally got my lightning and rainbow picture. What an awesome evening. I headed out late afternoon, shot a little on the SE side, then drove across town catching up with Bryan Snider and Chris Frailey, two awesome photographers/stormchasers. We shot for a little while, then got dumped on by a microburst while driving up the freeway. I-10 slowed to a near crawl, with half the traffic pulling over and stopping completely. Can’t blame them as visibility dropped to 20 feet. At the next stop Bryan and Chris headed NW back towards home and I headed SE towards this rainbow. I was just trying to find a foreground without telephone poles or other junk in the way. Found it just in time as this was the last bolt to strike before the storm dissipated into nothing.

Check out more of his breathtaking shots from his camera below—and here’s his website where you can see more of his work.