David Williams Photography Lightning

f/8 | 4 seconds | iso 100 | Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM @ 24mm

We had a rather awesome thunder/lightning storm last night, this is an image of the Shell refinery in Anacortes, Washington. The fire you see isn’t from the lightning, rather, it’s a flare stack used to vent excess pressure from a vessel. I got out there a little late in the game and only managed to get two shots worthy of posting, I’ll probably post the other for this coming Wordless Wednesday. 😀 Have a great weekend all…

The flare reminds me of Blade Runner…I can just hear Roy starting his speech “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion…”


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11 thoughts on “ZZzzzzaaaappppp!

  1. Impressive!!! When I was fighting fire in Northern Idaho, oh so many years ago, we would race to the nearest clear cut to watch downstrikes like these. awesome to say the least

  2. Flares are also used to burn off the low level of gases in crude oil including H2S and SO2 that occurs naturally but to such a small amount that it is too dangerous or not worth capturing. I can still remember the smell of H2S (rotten egg gas) when a flare went out while a teenager in Alberta. Some complained about the smell while others said, “all I can smell in money”. Did you know I worked on designs of a couple of refineries in Edmonton but couldn’t go on site because of my beard (you can’t get a complete seal for a gas mask). The only engineer in our group that could go on site was Paul Wong.

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