These offer another set of landscape images (here were some others: one; two), these punctuated by the contrast of nuclear sky, horizon, and military maneuver. I saw them at this site, though that site was reposting images from the book How to Photograph an Atomic Bomb, by Peter Kuran. The Cal Lit Review site says this by way of couching the images:
Between 1945 and 1962, the United States conducted over 300 atmospheric nuclear tests above the ground, in the ocean or in outer space.
On August 5, 1963, the United States and the former Soviet Union signed the Limited Test Ban Treaty, effectively banning the testing of all nuclear weapons except those tested underground. Atmospheric nuclear test blast photography came to an end.
The first one, below, is from the Bikini Atoll, July 24, 1946.
This next is from the Nevada Test Site, May 25, 1953. Showing the photographic implements themselves, this one seemed especially striking to me even though the blast itself does not dominate the sky as the first one.
This 15 megaton one, the Castle Bravo detonation of March 1, 1954, just doesn’t even seem real.
And, finally for this post (though there are more at the Cal Lit Review site), this one too is striking for its inclusion of the soldiers (humanity), the blast (inhumanity), and the sky (supra-humanity). From May 1, 1952, 2100 marines were part of the exercise.
For a really startling and sharply done view of the process of these tests and military exercises (if these images don’t do that for you), I’d say check out the documentary Atomic Cafe. All I can say is that it’s quite a memorable film.