It was great to see some early October lightning, although it has been bone dry for the last two months. A small cell was putting down some lightning southwest of here (west of the Air Force Academy) but I was home with the kids while Erin was out. That storm died by the time it cleared the Rampart Range, but another storm formed directly east of us that started to look good, so I grabbed the camera and drove out to a place I could watch the show.
There was only a bolt every 3-5 minutes, probably a total of 10 bolts total which I missed about half of getting to my vantage point, but they were all on my side of the storm and had very intense stepped leaders. All were cloud to ground making some nice photo opportunities. As soon as the storm formed, it dissipated, so you had to be in the right place at the right time for this one!
All pictures taken from Bear Dance Road and Tomah Road between Larkspur and Castle Rock looking North. Click for larger images.