Kerkrade, The Netherlands – Mercury has reached the feel like temp 104 degrees.  It’s humid.  I’m on my third shower.  I’ve a pounding travel headache that just won’t quit.  I’m going to bed….

…or not.

About an hour after I turned my face to the fan, I opened my eyes to what I thought was flashbulbs.  There was no thunder.  I opened the windows to my room and noticed the dramatic drop in temperature.  Then… the rain.  It was an electric storm like I’ve never seen before.

I didn’t think I’d have have time to setup my tripod, so I just sat really still with my shutter open, hoping to catch some of the dramatic skies.  Little did I know that lightning would streak across the sky for a full 45 minutes.