Atomic Pooch, the last survivor

Atomic pooch, armadoggan

This little mongrel was discovered at Aldeburgh Beach, Suffolk, UK. The cloud formation in the background is completely natural. However, the cloud reminded me of a mushroom cloud, hence the reason I have altered the colour to resemble the atomic atmosphere. This photograph is an abstract art piece and is quite unique.

Atomic weapons – “Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds”

At approximately 8.15am on 6 August 1945 a US B-29 bomber dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, instantly killing around 80,000 people. Three days later, a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, causing the deaths of 40,000 more. The dropping of the bombs, which occurred by executive order of US President Harry Truman, remains the only nuclear attack in history. In the months following the attack, roughly 100,000 more people died slow, horrendous deaths as a result of radiation poisoning.

Since 1942, more than 100,000 scientists of the Manhattan Project had been working on the bomb’s development. At the time, it was the largest collective scientific effort ever undertaken. It involved 37 installations across the US, 13 university laboratories and a host of prestigious participants such as the Nobel prizewinning physicists Arthur Holly Compton and Harold Urey.

Directed by the Army’s chief engineer, Brigadier General Leslie R. Groves, the Manhattan Project was also the most secret wartime project in history. At first, scientists worked in isolation in different parts of the US, unaware of the magnitude of the project in which they were involved. Later, the project was centralised and moved to an isolated laboratory headed by physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer in Los Alamos, New Mexico. On 16 July 1945, scientists carried out the first trial of the bomb in the New Mexico desert. President Truman received news of the successful test whilst negotiating the post-war settlement in Europe at the Potsdam Conference. –

Some mushrooms are bad for you

A mushroom cloud is a distinctive mushroom-shaped cloud of debris/smoke and usually condensed water vapor resulting from a large explosion. The effect is most commonly associated with a nuclear explosion. But any sufficiently energetic detonation will produce the same sort of effect. They can be caused by powerful conventional weapons, like vacuum bombs, including the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast. Some volcanic eruptions and impact events can produce natural mushroom clouds.

Mushroom clouds result from the sudden formation of a large volume of lower-density gases at any altitude, causing a Rayleigh–Taylor instability. The buoyant mass of gas rises rapidly, resulting in turbulent vortices curling downward around its edges. Forming a temporary vortex ring that draws up a central column, possibly with smoke, debris and condensed water vapor to form the “mushroom stem”. The mass of gas plus moist air eventually reaches an altitude where it is no longer of lower density than the surrounding air. At this point, it disperses, any debris drawn upward from the ground scattering and drifting back down (fallout). The stabilization altitude depends strongly on the profiles of the temperature, dew point, and wind shear in the air at and above the starting altitude. – Wikipedia

Photography Tips:

Sometimes in photography you need a bit of luck. Location is important as is the weather. But a little luck such as the natural mushroom cloud formation can make a photograph. Whilst you cannot train or work on your luck skills, you can increase the odds by putting yourself out there.  Should you encounter an image with an unusual quirk about it, use it to your advantage and create something unique.