Sunday surprise

[ by Charles Cameronlasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate ]


Scarier than any horror movie, more piercing than any fire and brimstone sermon, real life:

This tree was hit by lightning in Baldwyn, MS. It burned the inside. From @jkroxie

— James Spann (@spann) April 22, 2017

It is highly unusual for an open portal to be captured on film, but meteorologist James Spann caught this beauty as it was closing behind an unfortunate colleague.

1 comment on this post.
  1. Charles Cameron:

    Here’s a timely quote from HM Naqvi, History, Art and Akbar Naqvi:

    In Ways of Seeing, John Berger, the late, great, British art critic, posits that, “The way we see things is affected by what we know or what we believe. In the Middle Ages when men believed in the physical existence of Hell, the sight of fire must have meant something different from what it means today… History always constitutes the relation between a present and its past.”

    It’s pretty amazing to me: I saw both the tweeted image of the tree with inner fire and this quote from John Berger in an HM Naqvi article on the same day, probably within about 20 minutes of one another, but because I was focused on the question of whether the Naqvi piece was close enough to my interests for me to save it, I missed the “perceived meaning of fire” linkage between quote and image, although the interest of the image is precisely the way it gives us a glimpse of the earlier way of viewing fire in the naturalistic context of contemporary photorealism.
    It took me maybe another eight hours to realize what a perfect DoubleQuote I’d missed..