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Mother Nature’s Fireworks – NCL’s Paul Purpura Captures Rare Shot!

[ 6 ] July 4, 2011 |

Photo By NCL Mountain Photographer, Paul Purpura : ©2011 : (may not be used/reproduced without written permission) Paul grabbed this shot Sunday night up at Wintergreen while shooting the fireworks display at the resort. Thunderstorms off in the distance can be seen. Click on image to enlarge.

Wintergreen Resort
Nelson County, Virginia

NCL Mountain Photographer, Paul Purpura was shooting the fireworks display Sunday night up at Wintergreen Resort. Little did he know he’d get this fantastic shot of mother nature’s fireworks too! This rarely happens in the photography world, but Paul grabbed this one! Thunderstorms about 25 – 30 miles east can be seen in the background behind the fireworks display.

Way to go Paul!

You can see the rest of Paul’s 4th of July fireworks pics at Wintergreen by clicking here.

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  1. Henri & Elaine says:


    Congrats on a great and most unusual photo.
    A double explosion!

  2. Bonnie says:

    So glad you caught the photo as we didn’t bring good cameras to capTure the moments of fireworks and lightning. We were so lucky with the weather passing us by and awesome fireworks!

  3. Ben Wood says:

    Nice job Paul,

    My family sat right behind you on the 4th and saw you trying to capture a good shot of the lightening and fireworks together. It was quite a show from Wintergreen and Mother Nature we will never forget.

    Good to see your hard work paid off.

  4. Thanks for the kinds words Ben. Paul got a once in a lifetime shot on this one! 🙂

  5. Carolyn Benn says:

    Is it possible to purchase a copy of the fabulous 4th of July Wintergreen fireworks/lightning you captured? We would love to have one for our Wintergreen scrapbook (we live in Australia)

  6. Tom Thompson says:

    Paul, can I get a copy of the photo? I work evenings in the coppermine: Tom

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