Barcelona Photoblog: The Secret Power of Fire

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Secret Power of Fire

Fire Detail [enlarge]

For centuries, man has contemplated this scene. Infinite winters have passed since the very first ancestor took a branch on fire after the storm and tried to grab the magic light with obvious result. They, we, learned to handle it, to fear it, to worship it. We handed it down from one generation to another as one of the most vital assets in the archives of our common knowledge. Now, we know or think we know everything about fire. And still, after a whole eternity, we look into the fire, take a deep breath and let our souls wander into an unknown universe of thoughts, hypnotized by the flames that cannot be touched but keep us warm, just like the very first day.


  1. Anonymous8:39 AM

    That's amazingly beautiful. Honestly: I've never seen a more beautiful shot of fire. Congratulations, a sure winner!

  2. Anonymous9:27 AM

    Beautiful colours, looks very warm.

  3. Anonymous10:36 AM

    I love how this one is hot and cold at the same time! Great shot!

  4. I love this too. It immediately transported me back home to New Zealand ... the smell of the woodsmoke most particularly.

    Beautiful capture.

  5. Yep the smell is so great. This I found at a small town nearby. They were about to grill sausages in a local market so they needed a big fire. It was a cool fall morning, fair skies, I was hungry and the smell of wood smoke was really nice.

  6. Anonymous11:00 AM

    The blues in this are so unusual, and the mouth like fire in ravishing reds is such a wonderful contrast.

  7. Spectacular. I agree with yz: it's the quintessential shot of fire. Perfect description too, Carlos.

  8. Beautiful photo! I love seeing your photos every day. My daughter is learning about Christmas customs in Spain, I've shown her your blog, and she's enjoyed looking at it.

  9. I liked very much reading your text and looking at your shot, it remembers me so many hours I spent looking at the fire, sharing moments of happiness with friends...


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