-Una mujer es como un rayo. Nunca sabes cómo puede llegar y te paraliza por completo.

-Una mujer es como un rayo, Joseph Kapone (cuento)

HH:  Romantic

An incredible series of photographs of lightning falling on the very active Japanese volcano Sakurajima, made by photographer Martin Rietze, passionate by extraordinary natural phenomena. These pictures are part of his project ALPE (“Alien Landscapes on Planet Earth”).
HH:  Thor Meets Vulcan
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An incredible series of photographs of lightning falling on the very active Japanese volcano Sakurajima, made by photographer Martin Rietze, passionate by extraordinary natural phenomena. These pictures are part of his project ALPE (“Alien Landscapes on Planet Earth”).
HH:  Thor Meets Vulcan
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An incredible series of photographs of lightning falling on the very active Japanese volcano Sakurajima, made by photographer Martin Rietze, passionate by extraordinary natural phenomena. These pictures are part of his project ALPE (“Alien Landscapes on Planet Earth”).
HH:  Thor Meets Vulcan
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An incredible series of photographs of lightning falling on the very active Japanese volcano Sakurajima, made by photographer Martin Rietze, passionate by extraordinary natural phenomena. These pictures are part of his project ALPE (“Alien Landscapes on Planet Earth”).
HH:  Thor Meets Vulcan
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An incredible series of photographs of lightning falling on the very active Japanese volcano Sakurajima, made by photographer Martin Rietze, passionate by extraordinary natural phenomena. These pictures are part of his project ALPE (“Alien Landscapes on Planet Earth”).

HH:  Thor Meets Vulcan

Light trails from passing cars pictured with heavy lightning near Mammoth, ArizonaPicture: Mike Olbinski/Barcroft Media

Light trails from passing cars pictured with heavy lightning near Mammoth, ArizonaPicture: Mike Olbinski/Barcroft Media

Lightning strikes the right hand of the statue Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 16, 2014.Photo: EPA
Lightning has broken a finger off the right hand of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.
Father Omar, rector of the shrine that holds the statue, told the Globo radio station that lightning frequently strikes the nearly 100-foot tall statue, a symbol of Rio that overlooks the Brazilian city from the peak of the Corcovado mountain.
Its right hand had been damaged sometime ago, but the finger finally broke off in a storm late Thursday.
“They say lightning does not strike the same spot twice. But with the Christ it does,” the priest said on Friday.
A lightning rod and other equipment are in place “to protect the image,” but they do not always do the trick, he said.
Father Omar noted that people who work at the site are usually warned in advance by city officials about electrical storms so they can ensure the safety of the thousands of visitors at the site on top of Corcovado mountain.
“I have already endured the situation of being at the Christ at a time of rain and a lot of lightning, and it is scary. But we have a plan to quickly take all visitors away from there,” the priest said.
The statue is set to be refurbished next month, so this and other damage are set to be fixed.
This article originally appeared on News.com.au.

Lightning strikes the right hand of the statue Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 16, 2014.Photo: EPA

Lightning has broken a finger off the right hand of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

Father Omar, rector of the shrine that holds the statue, told the Globo radio station that lightning frequently strikes the nearly 100-foot tall statue, a symbol of Rio that overlooks the Brazilian city from the peak of the Corcovado mountain.

Its right hand had been damaged sometime ago, but the finger finally broke off in a storm late Thursday.

“They say lightning does not strike the same spot twice. But with the Christ it does,” the priest said on Friday.

A lightning rod and other equipment are in place “to protect the image,” but they do not always do the trick, he said.

Father Omar noted that people who work at the site are usually warned in advance by city officials about electrical storms so they can ensure the safety of the thousands of visitors at the site on top of Corcovado mountain.

“I have already endured the situation of being at the Christ at a time of rain and a lot of lightning, and it is scary. But we have a plan to quickly take all visitors away from there,” the priest said.

The statue is set to be refurbished next month, so this and other damage are set to be fixed.

This article originally appeared on News.com.au.

Mount Shasta - I remember the first time I saw this mountain.  It was early summer and it was still covered in snow and you could see it for miles.  We were headed to northern California, us coming out of the desert heat, it was visually impressive. 
 Mount Shasta, a 14,179-foot (4,322 m) stratovolcano, is the second-highest peak in the Cascade Range and the fifth highest peak in California.

Mount Shasta - I remember the first time I saw this mountain.  It was early summer and it was still covered in snow and you could see it for miles.  We were headed to northern California, us coming out of the desert heat, it was visually impressive. 

  •  Mount Shasta, a 14,179-foot (4,322 m) stratovolcano, is the second-highest peak in the Cascade Range and the fifth highest peak in California.