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Storm Chaser Gets Rare, Stunning Snapshot Of Lightning Bolt & Rainbow

The stunning photo shot in Arizona (Photo courtesy of Greg McCown)
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A photographer who's been storm chasing for over 10 years finally got the photo of his dreams: a one-two punch of a lightning bolt and a rainbow in the same shot.

Greg McCown, a Tuscon-based, 42-year-old real estate agent who shoots photography in his free time, managed to snap this stunning and rare image of nature's elements with a saguaro in the foreground in Marana, Arizona, according to He uploaded this photo onto his Facebook last week with the caption, "Finally! After years of trying I finally got my lightning and rainbow picture."

His photo quickly went viral. McCown explained to Tuscon News Now what this picture means to him. "A couple of friends of mine, other photographers—I mean guys that I really respect—other storm chaser photographers. They were even calling it the 'photograph of this monsoon. The shot of the year.' These are guys that I admire and try to be like and they're quoting my picture as being the best one. That was just beyond me. This has been like a dream the last few days."

McCown is no stranger to shooting lightning photos, and captures them frequently, though he says shooting them in the daytime is much more difficult than at night. You can see more of his work on his website here.