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All Eyes: Our photographers take great photos even when they're asleep!

Sometime last Thursday while I was sleeping I made a pretty cool picture of a lightning strike behind the St. Petersburg Pier.

Cool, because I didn't even know there was a lightning storm. And cool because, well, I was sleeping.

My former boss Jack Sheppard had the idea of doing a time lapse of the Pier when they (finally) got around to demolishing it. He volunteered a great view from the window of his mother-in-law, Bonnie Rohrbaugh.

I set the camera up last week with a remote control that takes one picture every ten minutes. Those pictures will eventually become a time lapse video that will show the Pier coming down in about one minute.

Yesterday I stopped by Bonnie's condo to see if the camera was still clicking away. I pulled the pictures off to see how things were going and saw this one in the middle of several hundred nearly identical frames of the Pier taken over the course of six days.


I guess if you take enough pictures of anything, lightning will eventually strike.

So keep on clicking Tampa Bay!

John Pendygraft, Times staff photographer Visit the Times image archive to license or purchase a reprint of this photo.

John Pendygraft, Times staff photographer