Photo Of The Day: Lightning Bolt Fries The Eiffel Tower
January 3, 2013
Spotted on the webs is this remarkable photo of lightning striking the Eiffel Tower. It seems that the image dates from August 2011 and was taken by amateur photographer Bertrand Kulik, who happened to have his camera ready when, well, lightning struck. The last time the stars aligned in such a poetic manner was in 1902—thanks Google Images—when a M.G. Loppe captured the tower, still used then as a radio antenna, getting manhandled by lightning bolts. In Kulik’s picture, a large bolt is entangled in the structure’s iron chassis, while smaller bolts fray off to the sides. You’d think all that electricity would do some damage, but, alas, life is not “The War of the Worlds“.
Photo: Bertrand Kulik/Caters News Agency