We love the way this photographer captured the split second of a lightning strike and the surrounding storm. The vantage point allows us to see this vast open landscape from above so we can follow the curves of the wind- and water–carved land formations with our eye. The choice of black and white emphasizes the dramatic sky and storm clouds, as well as the shadow and highlight details in the land. Weather patterns are a major topic in our global news. While this is just a small thunderstorm, the drama of the image speaks to a larger concept.