Long exposure photo of a lightning bolt hitting a tree
The internet seems to believe this is a "long exposure photo of a lightning bolt hitting a tree."
Well, it is a long exposure shot, but not of lightning. It's a photo created by "light painter" Darren Pearson (aka Darius Twin). Wikipedia defines light painting as "a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera."
Pearson light painted the blue flames at the base of the tree. He then cut-and-pasted the lightning bolt itself into the photo from a NOAA image of a lightning strike (below).
Pearson posted the image on his Facebook page on Oct. 17, 2013, with the caption "The old Benjamin Franklin trick wink"
So in its original context this was clearly presented as an art photo. It was only when the Internet recaptioned it, that it became a fake (or misleading) photo.
And for the sake of comparison, here's an actual photo of lightning striking a tree.
Could be worse. I played basketball with some haitian and African friends. They damn near turn the game in a soccer match halfway through. Trying do a putback with a header................................he made that shit too.