Meet Marc Szeglat, a German photographer unlike any other. His skills with a camera are quite extraordinary, but it’s his subject matter that is most impressive.
Marc travels the world in search of active volcanoes. Yes, you read that right. He’s downright fascinated with the topic and gets both pictures and videos of some of the most amazing eruptions and lava flows we’ve ever seen. Until of course, he captured this.
Volcanic lightning is officially named “dirty thunderstorm”, which is quite fitting.
About two years ago in 2014, Marc was shooting Mount Sinabung, a volcano in Indonesia. It woke up a year before, so being a volcano fiend like he is, he decided to go there.
Although over 20,000 residents of a nearby town were evacuated, Marc was the one heading in. He captured some amazing lava flows and smaller eruptions, but then there was the volcanic lightning you’re going to see at the end of the video.
The exact causes of this phenomenon are not exactly agreed upon, but it’s assumed that electrical charges are generated within ash clouds through ice particles rubbing against rock fragments and other debris.
No matter what causes it however, it looks like something you’d see on a different planet. Mother earth never ceases to stun us, that’s for sure.