Alabama meteorologist James Spann first tweeted the photo taken by Twitter user @jkroxie. It's the remains of a tree struck by lightning in Baldwyn, Mississippi, after intense storms and three reported tornadoes. Since the tree was dead on the inside, but moist from rains on the outside, when lightning struck it, its core caught fire before its bark did, leaving a terrifying look at the embers within, reminiscent of Sauron's peering eye from Lord of the Rings or the Hellmouth from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The tweet quickly gathered steam with people rushing to crack jokes:
"That's the gateway to Hell," @JoeGoodberry tweeted.
"That looks like the way into the Upside Down," @foodtruckpastor pointed out.
"Hey everyone, it's all going to be ok! We found the portal! Donald Trump can go home now," @ciarannorris joked.