*Bows only to the wind that blows
Unhindered in it’s wrath
Tree to ground to tree it grows
Destroys all in it’s path
The firestorm born from small spark
Voice crackles to a roar
Wanders about to leave land stark
With only ashen floor
The firestorm we all create
Yet blame on one or two
The time has come to set things straight
From us… this fire grew*
This fractal artwork was inspired by the multitude of wildfires that have been occurring with increasing frequency and ferocity worldwide. Not only are these wildfires increasing, but they are also occurring during the coldest and wettest times of the year in many places. Greece, Australia, China, Europe, and the US have all had record breaking wildfires in the past year.
My wife and I moved to the Pacific Northwest, one of the wettest places on the planet, after recognizing the climate change trend over a decade ago. We used to live high in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, until in 2000, we came within a third of a mile of loosing our own home in the High Meadow wildfire near Bailey, Colorado. There is nothing more terrifying than listening to the roar of a wildfire as you are watching flames several hundred feet high marching towards your home. We were extremely lucky, and listened to the message that was given us and moved to the Pacific Northwest coast.
We are all paying the price now for what we have done to our planet. The climate change created by the by-products of our relentless pursuit of what we deem ‘progress’, is ultimately responsible for these fires. Unfortunately, these events are only in their infancy and will continue to break records as the mean temperature of our atmosphere around the globe continues to increase.
The original is 4800 × 4800 pixels at 300 pixels per inch. It was created in Apophysis. The gradient was created in ApoMap, a gradient editor commonly used with Apophysis. The fractal was created as a transparency and then used as a layer in Photoshop post-processing. The background was created in Photoshop. The post processing was all done in Photoshop as well. Because the original is so large and difficult to see over the internet, I have included a couple of detail cutaways below.