Rolls of thunder crashed above Laois during a storm in the early hours of last Sunday morning.
One local photographer seized the opportunity to capture nature in all its glory. James Osborne sent these pictures to the Leinster Express after he ventured out in Portlaoise at 4am.
The pictures were taken near Clonminam Industrial Estate in Portlaoise. The results are amazing as James managed to capture lightning strikes a number of times in the magical purple sky. He said it was 'beautiful and powerful'.
Thanks to James for sending these brilliant photos our way. All copyright belongs to James Osborne.
Torrential rain and further thunderstorms are set to hit Laois on Friday afternoon and into the evening.