Red Hill is one of the highest points in Marion County, Alabama and it provides one of the best vantage points to take photos of the night sky. Last night I drove up to the point to make a photo of the planets Venus and Jupiter in the west. But to the southeast is where the real show was going on. A giant thunderhead was barreling across the horizon providing a non-stop show of lightning as the cloud moved toward the southwest. A quick check of radar via the phone showed the cloud was over Birmingam. I set my camera on a tripod and made a series of photos. I even managed to capture a meteor in one of the photos, seen above. Below is an animated GIF of 12 photos that I created. And if you look close enough you can see the planet Saturn, the bright object at top center in the GIF. Enjoy!
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org