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23 January 2019 / leggypeggy

No wonder the dog was out of her wits last night

lightning in Canberra

Local photographer Glenn Martin captures the spectacular lightning last night north of Canberra

Indi, our standard schnauzer, may watch television, but she can’t cope with thunder and lightning. She’s not thrilled about fireworks either. We’ve had several noisy thunderstorms over the last 10 days or so. Most have come at night which means she jumps on the bed to be comforted.

Last week I decamped to the single bed in Libby’s room and took the dog with me. Last night she was a wreck, and Poor John decamped to Libby’s room. Indi stayed with me.

Thanks to a post on Facebook, I know what really set her off last night. A bit after midnight, local photographer, Glenn Martin, took himself to the top of Mount Ainslie (not far from our house) to capture about 100 shots of the ‘sound and light’ performance.

Mother Nature sure knows how to put on a show. Martin sure knows how to record it.

P.S. I hadn’t known of Martin’s work before, but you can be sure I’ll follow it now. All of his prints are available for sale.


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  1. fragglerocking / Jan 23 2019 6:49 pm

    That is a stunning shot, but I do feel sorry for your poor dog.

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  2. efge63 / Jan 23 2019 7:25 pm

    Behaviorists are not yet sure what part of the storm frightens dogs most, whether they’re reacting to lightning flashes, the sound of thunder, wind blowing around the house, or the sound of rain on the roof. Some dogs even start to pace and whine half an hour or more before a storm.

    PS… Wonderful shot !!!!

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  3. beetleypete / Jan 23 2019 7:48 pm

    What a storm! Great photo, I agree.Luckily, our Ollie is unaffected by storms or fireworks. But we may never have had a storm like that one, in Beetley. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 23 2019 8:04 pm

      It was an amazing storm and brought a bit of rain too. We’ve had two standard schnauzers and both have hated thunder and lightning.

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  4. Gilda Baxter / Jan 23 2019 7:58 pm

    Very brave photographer to go up a Mount to capture such a beautiful, but also dangerous Mother Nature event. Incredible results, his picture is stunning. Your poor dog must have been so scared😄

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 23 2019 8:06 pm

      Indi was so wound up. I don’t know how to calm her other than to just be there for her. On his facebook page, Glenn Martin said the storm was far enough to the north that he felt he wasn’t in danger.

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  5. Andrew Petcher / Jan 23 2019 8:03 pm

    How spectacular is that. Enough to frighten anyone!

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  6. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Jan 23 2019 8:05 pm

    What a photo! Have you considered a Thundershirt for Indi? They’re supposed to help calm dogs.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 23 2019 8:07 pm

      I’ve tried something similar to a thundershirt, but it doesn’t have any effect. Luckily we don’t have such storms very often.


  7. gerard oosterman / Jan 23 2019 8:21 pm

    We had a border collie who used to chase lightning strikes around the farm. She would run and bark through the paddocks like mad, while her son ‘Max’, a kelpie, would cower under our chair.
    Milo, our Jack Russell is indifferent but looks at us as if to say; ‘ just stay calm’.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 23 2019 9:09 pm

      Maybe Milo could help Indi to stay calm. Would have been funny to watch your border collie chase lightning.

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  8. Vicki / Jan 23 2019 8:30 pm

    What a spectacular light show and Martin did a brilliant job of capturing it. No wonder Indi was terrified.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 23 2019 9:10 pm

      I was so pleased to find his photo and even more pleased that he said it was okay to share.

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  9. Emma Cownie / Jan 23 2019 8:31 pm

    What an amazing photo. Dogs have much better hearing than humans so it’s not surprising they get upset by thunder.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 23 2019 9:11 pm

      Great point. I have pretty good hearing, but Indi detected the initial sounds of thunder a couple of minutes before I did.

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  10. lmo58 / Jan 23 2019 9:36 pm

    Poor Indi! Beautiful photo though. Another excellent photographer is Paul Kowalski.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 23 2019 9:49 pm

      Thanks. I’ll have to check out Paul’s work too.


  11. trE / Jan 23 2019 9:39 pm

    Okay, simply looking at that photo would frighten me. It’s terrifying yet amazing too.

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  12. Eliza Ayres / Jan 23 2019 11:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal.

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  13. BoomingOn / Jan 23 2019 11:37 pm

    It’s a fabulous photo, isn’t it? The lighting has been amazing but I’m too scared to go out chasing it. Luckily none of our dogs have been the slightest bit fazed by storms or thunder or even fireworks

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 23 2019 11:40 pm

      I really respect lightning. Over the years, I’ve been in four buildings that were struck by lightning. Maybe that’s why the dogs are nervous.

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  14. gigglingfattie / Jan 23 2019 11:55 pm

    Wow!!! Amazing photograph! 😍

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  15. janowrite / Jan 23 2019 11:57 pm

    Spectacular! Thanks for sharing! I have two mini schnauzers, they feel Indi’s pain. 💕😊

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 24 2019 8:02 am

      Maybe it’s common across schnauzers? Our first schnauzer hated thunder and lightning.

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  16. lexklein / Jan 24 2019 12:41 am

    Poor poochie. Ours was never troubled by storms until she hit very old age and then the poor girl just went bonkers. (At least her hearing was still good!) Absolutely stunning shot – wow!

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 24 2019 8:03 am

      Our first schnauzer hated thunder and lightning until he got old and deaf!

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  17. Phil Huston / Jan 24 2019 1:14 am

    Thunder drives our female Irish Setter onto the bed or skittering around the bedroom. I know they have testimonials (doesn’t everything?) but the doggie Thundershirt? Drop the second r and that’s how well it worked.

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  18. Jacqui Murray / Jan 24 2019 2:37 am

    That is amazing. I’d never have believed it if I didn’t see the picture.

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  19. susan@onesmallwalk / Jan 24 2019 2:44 am

    So, in the middle of a powerful storm, the dogs hide for protection and the photographer makes for the tallest mountain to capture it all. !!! 🙂

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    • CURIOUStotheMAX / Jan 24 2019 4:10 am

      Makes one question what constitutes “intelligence” …

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      • susan@onesmallwalk / Jan 24 2019 4:18 am

        exactly my thoughts!

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      • leggypeggy / Jan 24 2019 8:06 am

        I wondered too, but Glenn said the storm was far to the north of us which is why he felt safe being on top of Mount Ainslie. Still, I wouldn’t have been up there.


  20. Kristine Howard / Jan 24 2019 9:06 am

    Fantastic pic. I didn’t see the lightening but the noise of the thunder and lightening was frightening here in Cooma. Kristine

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  21. Curt Mekemson / Jan 24 2019 10:21 am

    Gorgeous lightning, Peggy. And had I been out on the trail, I would have been as nervous as Indi! –Curt

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 24 2019 10:47 am

      Yep, if I’d been on the trail, I’d have been looking for shelter. Quick smart.

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  22. / Jan 24 2019 12:09 pm

    Our dogs hate fireworks on the 4th of July. I can only imagine their level of distress with lightning. How did you cope?

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 24 2019 12:19 pm

      I cope fine, but I am at a loss as to how to console the dog.


  23. Sy S. / Jan 24 2019 1:24 pm


    A fantastic photo of the lightning storm in your area! A brave photographer to be outside and using a METAL Tripod???

    My Irish Terrier dog is not scared of lightning and loud thunder, I think because of his dog traits loud noses do not effect him. They were used in WWI to relay messages between battlefield command posts. The conditions of war at that time was gun fire, fires all around, wounded people, bombs etc.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 24 2019 4:21 pm

      With that background, you’d want Laddy on your side in an emergency!


  24. Lynette d'Arty-Cross / Jan 24 2019 2:00 pm

    Wow! That shot is amazing! I hope your poor pooch has recovered now though. 🙂

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  25. Alison and Don / Jan 24 2019 5:27 pm

    Wow! Just wow! Both the lightening display and the photograph. Amazing capture.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 24 2019 5:54 pm

      Glenn said he took about 100 pics. I guessing this was the most magnificent.

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  26. pvcann / Jan 24 2019 7:09 pm

    Wow, I just love lightning storms, that shot is wonderful. But our dog and cat also head for the hills.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 24 2019 8:21 pm

      One of our previous dogs nearly jumped out of his skin if you dropped a wooden spoon on the kitchen floor. But thunder and lightning didn’t faze him at all.

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  27. Popping Wheelies / Jan 25 2019 1:01 am

    Poor Indi. Our cat would climb under the covers with us. That was a great storm. I live in Central Florida, the lightning capital of the world. Yours was great by our standards.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 25 2019 7:33 am

      It’s nice to know we can compete! Apparently Darwin is our lightning capital.

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  28. chattykerry / Jan 26 2019 6:38 am

    Wow! We get astonishing thunderstorms as well. Poor wee doggie. 🐕 I noticed the Thundershirt company has soothing chews for dogs in thunderstorms.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 26 2019 9:31 am

      Methinks that Thundershirts and related products are a bit of a gimmick. I borrowed a shirt once for Aggie (the dog in the banner) and it didn’t give him any relief. Going deaf in his old age was the only thing that allowed him to ignore thunder.

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  29. Sheryl / Jan 26 2019 1:47 pm

    The picture is amazing. Nature can be beautiful, yet a bit frightening at the same time. I can understand why your dog was traumatized

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 27 2019 7:13 pm

      Yes, Mother Nature can be very frightening. I wish there was some way for her to tell her furry friends that they shouldn’t worry.


  30. Invisibly Me / Jan 30 2019 7:58 am

    Poor little thing, storms can be awful for animals. Mother nature is in part utterly incredible, and at the same time frightening with powerfully destruction potential. And wow, that is an incredible shot, very talented photographer! x

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 30 2019 9:45 am

      He is a very talented photographer. I think he has been quite busy over the last week or 10 days chasing our daily thunderstorms. Sadly, the dog is a wreck until each storm passes.

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  31. America On Coffee / Jan 30 2019 10:37 pm

    Our pets are so sensitive with premonitions.☺

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  32. jeanleesworld / Feb 2 2019 1:55 pm

    That is just…wow. Divine power and beauty that would scare the blazes out of the bravest of us, let alone a pet. Glad you’re safe! xxxxxx

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 2 2019 5:31 pm

      We’re all good and the thunderstorms seemed to have stopped for the time being. Whew!

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  33. In My Cluttered Attic / Feb 3 2019 9:05 pm

    A bit more than a few fireworks there. No wonder Indi was so unnerved. Brilliant photo, that.

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  34. Sande Olocho / Feb 8 2019 4:39 am

    I live in what is considered the lightning belt of East Africa in the Lake Victoria Basin, but it does even come anywhere close, not a bit, this is way too big as it is phenomenal.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 8 2019 7:12 am

      It is very impressive. Electrical storms have been more common this year, but I have started giving the dog treats when there’s thunder and lightning and she is much calmer.

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  35. inesephoto / Feb 8 2019 6:41 am

    Poor dog, I can imagine the horror. Myself, I would love to see this spectacular display 🙂

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  36. Lisa Dorenfest / Feb 10 2019 8:43 pm

    What a sight ⚡️😍

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 10 2019 10:07 pm

      Have you seen much lightning on your travels?

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      • Lisa Dorenfest / Feb 14 2019 12:41 am

        What I found most interesting was the lightning that we did not see between Panama and Australia. The Pacific Ocean seemed lightning free, perhaps because of our distance from major land masses until we reached Oz. Literally, 2.5 years without an electrical storm that I can recall.

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      • leggypeggy / Feb 14 2019 1:32 pm

        Very interesting. At least you weren’t a lightning rod.


  37. barkinginthedark / Feb 13 2019 7:54 am

    hope no one was under that. continue…

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  38. Mark Rothko / Mar 25 2019 7:03 pm

    wow what a photo!

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