Let me preface this with a little info about why this comes so late.
My family and I were vacationing in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and we had a very horrible thing happen. We were at a place called Hurricane River when my wife suffered a broken hip. The location we were at was quite remote. It is about a 15 minute car ride to even get somewhere that has a cell phone signal. It took 40 minutes for my 9 year old son to even be able to flag down a passing car and direct them to where my 14 year old son and myself were trying to work my wife back to our car. It was then a further 30 minutes before an ambulance arrive, only to then find out they would need a DIFFERENT ambulance to come because her injuries required a hospital that was two hours away in Marquette!
All in all it ended up being a 30 hour wait in a hospital to get an emergency hip replacement surgery, all while almost 500 miles from home, with no family, no friends and no support for several days.... And all within the first two days of our vacation. It was a nightmare. But we are home, she is healing quickly, and we are trying to get back to some sort of a normal life.
Now on to the image I want to discuss. This image was shot while I was on a camping trip I arranged for some of my photographer friends just a few weeks before "the vacation from hell".
I took my friends up to my camper with hopes of shooting a few specific places, one of which is the pier in Grand Haven. My goal for this night was to just swing up and get some great sunset photos. But when we started to head out we saw on the radar that a series of thunderstorms were marching inland from across Lake Michigan! The assumption was we'd not get a sunset, but could maybe get some lightning shots! What I ended up with that evening was both at once!!