Saturday, April 24, 2004

The Power of Lightning

I promised some pictures of what lightning did to a tree just outside my job a few days ago. They are sobering reminders of the power of the natural world. This was perhaps 500 feet from where I sit.

Here you can see the chunks of wood and bark thrown 80-100 feet by the steam explosion as the sap heated up:

This last picture shows how the tree itself was split most of the way to the ground:

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