Red Light At Night

Supplied/Ethan Haze Photography

An Australian photographer was able to capture “red sprites” high above a storm in Australia.

Ethan Takerei thought he would have to travel to the United States to capture red sprites.

The 28-year-old Christchurch man, who runs Ethan Haze Photography, jumped out of bed on Sunday night as he heard wild weather overhead, packed up all his photography gear and raced to a Halswell Quarry vantage point.

The result? He may have become just the third New Zealander to capture red sprites – a unique weather event that creates red lightning bolts 50 kilometres above a storm, the same height as more than 13 Aoraki/Mt Cooks stacked up on one another.

Sadly, no other Aussies were able to see them because the government has locked them in their homes.

The weather event is rarely seen from the ground due to its high altitude.

I stopped being a lightning fan in high school, while walking home from work and having one strike less than a half mile away. Now you tell me there is red lightning? Nope, nope, and more nope.