Gulp.

Yesterday.

New York City, New York, USA.

Anyone?

Meanwhile

Um.

21 thoughts on “Hi Beam

  1. Cian

    I’d guess these were taken by a phone.
    It looks like the result of the way the camera takes a picture – there isn’t a shutter like on a traditional camera which takes the whole picture at once – rather It takes the picture line by line. The lightening happened mid picture and (temporarily) changed the contrast.

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  2. Slightly Bemused

    Interesting! I wonder did the posters witness this only through a camera or directly with their own eye?

    If the former, I would suggest it might be too bright and is overloading the receptors in the camera. They are based on MOS (metal oxide semiconductors) and they can be overloaded, though I have not noted this for bright lights in more modern devices.

    If directly witnessed, I would suggest then it has something to do with the charged atmosphere. Carbon dioxide glows white under supercharged conditions (these are the white ‘neon’ signs’, and it is likely that above cities the CO2 levels would be quite high. Under a thundercloud the atmosphere would be very charged, so my thought is that the column of atmosphere where the blt hits, and the width of the travel of the bolt is being supercharged and emitting the glow.

    Still, it is incredible :-)

    Edit: Just saw Cian’s post – this is also a possibility. I had not considered it. Thanks, Cian.

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  3. John

    rolling shutter on the camera…
    Or its God shining a light down that is only visible to cameras. Does this mean the camera is getting saved in the rapture and not the person holding it, because they didnt see it with their own God given eyes.
    Praise be to the iphone camera, we are not worthy.

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  4. Mick

    The replies to Heather Childers’ post are something else. Almost all Q related (as in QAnon, I presume?) and its gets quite weird.

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      1. Mick

        That was my first thought, but no, definitely not when you read through them.
        Some examples:
        “Q sent me! #Biblical indeed! Nothing can stop God’s Light from shining out the Darkness.
        #NothingCanStopWhatIsComing
        Nothing!”
        “Q sent me! #wwg1wga #WWG1WGAWORLDWIDE #QANON #QANONWORLDWIDE Follow me Patriots as we track #TheGreatAwakening”
        “Q sent me! / I am the light / I am the dark inside the night / I hear your hopes / I feel your dreams / And in the dark / I hear your screams / Don’t turn away / Just take my hand / And when you make / your final stand / I’ll be right there / I’ll never leave / All I ask of you is / Believe~GOD”

        And much more of that sort of thing.By the way (and I had to look it up), QAnon believers commonly tag their social media posts with the hashtag #WWG1WGA, signifying the motto “Where We Go One, We Go All”

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        1. Janet, I ate my avatar

          haha that reminds me, some wit sent me this evangelist prayer to help sort out my dreams of food

          Every demonic caterer in my dream, receive the fire of God and die, in the name of Jesus. 2. You demonic caterer in my dream, eat your evil food, in the name of Jesus

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          1. SOQ

            Actually I don’t get hangovers with GIn- I think a lot of people are the same. It’s one of the reasons it is so popular these days.

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