Heart on Fire Chile's Chaiten volcano  photo ©2008 Carlos Gutierrez

‘Heart on Fire’ photograph by Carlos Gutierrez

‘Heart on Fire’ is my name for this unbelievable photo. One of the series taken May 2, 2008 when Chile’s Chaiten volcano awakened after 9,000 years of slumber. The ash cloud looks like a heart on fire, pierced by light and exploding with love.

The earth… everything, is getting more spectacular, more awesome and more majestic. I don’t remember ever seeing so much awe, color, depth or events which WOW. 2008 was truly a year of movement.


Heart on fire

Earth trembles

Groans, rumbles

Mountain shakes

Bursting crust

Exploding gasses

Steam and ashes

Fire… lightening

Mother stirs

She awakens

From long slumber

And remembers

Glory bright

Patterns shatter

Heart on fire

Pierced by Light

Love pours forth

From crackling Earth

Mother wakes

with great Delight

~Inspired by the awesome images on this page.


Chile's Chaiten volcano photo ©2008 Carlos Gutierrez for UPIHere are two more incredible photographs taken during the eruption by Carlos Gutierrez for UPI. The photo below right is the most famous. It has appeared in National Geographic Magazine and on many webpages. It is considered one of the best photographs taken in 2008. Trying to understand the lightening, the experts Chile's Chaiten volcano famos photo ©2008 Carlos Gutierrez for UPIsay, ‘The mingling of lightning and ash as seen above may be a ‘dirty thunderstorm’. The little-understood storms may be sparked when rock fragments, ash and ice particles in the plume collide to produce static charges just as ice particles collide to create charge in regular thunderstorms.” You can read the full story at National Geographic or see more photographs at UniverSOUL Productions’ Weblog. I couldn’t find any more information about Carlos.

~Bonnee Klein Gilligan

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