A lightning bolt takes the shape of a T. rex over Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park.

A lightning bolt takes the shape of a T. rex over Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park. Photo: Courtesy of Hallie Larsen/National Park Service

With the summer monsoons in Arizona come spectacular lightning shows, and some actually create images in the sky, like the lightning bolt captured in a stunning photograph by Hallie Larsen of the National Park Service on July 26.

The image of what looks to be an outline of a T. rex in the sky was shared for the first time this week by the U.S. Department of the Interior via social media, as reported by FOX News Science.

"Have you ever seen lightning make such crazy shapes?" the Department of Interior wrote on Facebook. "This bolt looks like a Tyrannosaurus rex getting ready to chomp a formation at Blue Mesa in Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park."

Some commenters on the Facebook post saw something entirely different, however.

"I see it as a heart-shaped balloon arching Earthward."

"I saw a cougar stalking its prey."

"I was thinking more of a snake; nature is amazing no doubt!"

But Phil Kukulski of Iowa put the lightning bolt into full context with his Photoshopping skills, superimposing a photo of a T. rex over the lightning bolt in what appears to be a perfect match.

Even the Department of Interior was impressed, writing, "Ha, this is so cool! Nice work!"


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