*A wildfire burns tonight
With crackle as tree crowns ignite
It’s smoke so thick, conceals sight
And roars like thunder to show it’s might
Bright red line is all that’s seen
To show where fire does careen
It blackens that which once was green
No longer are these woods serene
We watch the fire filled with fear
As closer do it’s flames draw near
Our woodland home that we hold dear
Upon our land in this frontier*
This is a pure fractal artwork that was inspired by a really scary experience that came close to costing us our home back in 2000. My wife and I used to live high in the Colorado Rockies between two wilderness areas. The ‘High Meadow’ wildfire of 2000 came within a third of a mile of our home. We packed up three vehicles twice in three days, ready to evacuate at a moments notice.
At night, you could only see the glowing red line of the fire front through all of the smoke. We had to take turns sleeping so one of us could keep an eye on the fire at all times. It was an experience that I hope not to repeat now that we live in the much wetter rain forests of the Oregon coast range.
This fractal artwork was created in ChaosPro, and the gradient used in the fractal was created in the ChaosPro Gradient Editor that is packaged with the software. The original is 6200 × 7800 pixels at 300 pixels per inch, so it is hard to appreciate the detail of the artwork over the internet.