Q: Why is this 240-mm mortar round, with a point-detonating fuze, resting on sand in a pine forest in the American southeast? (You might recall that the 240 was for many months perhaps the most powerful weapon system used by government forces in the current Syrian war.)
A: It has something to do with the photograph beneath it, which hints at a particular type of (call it a classic) workout.
More soon on the NYT.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHS.
Near the Gulf of Mexico. By the author. Last week.