These photos have been around a long time but I have to thank my son for pointing them out to me. They were taken by the legendary Harold Edgerton in the Nevada desert at a range of 7 miles at 1/1,000,000,000th of a second, at night. These 3 pictures show the first 3 milliseconds of an atomic bomb detonation.
Edgerton built a special lens 10 feet long for his camera which was set up in a bunker 7 miles from the source of the blast. The bomb was placed atop a steel gantry anchored to the desert floor by guide wires.
In a millisecond the blast expands; lightning caused by the force of the energy travels down the guide wires The desert floor was turned to glass.
In another millionth of a second, a planet of fire exists, silhouetting and dwarfing the Joshua Trees.
You can find out a little more about these stunning pictures here.