CCD cameras can be easily damaged by intense light, perhaps even easier than the human eye. Taking a picture of the sun on a clear day can damage at least the color filter, but even the actual sensor in some cases. Not that staring at the sun with bear eyes is safe though, but at least that hurts enough not to keep doing it
CCD cameras don't know how to shut down the aperture unlike conventional SLRs...
Area of exposure = (pi)[(f/2N)^2), F = focoal length and N = fstop
I can take a picture of the sun with my Pentax MX at F22 1/250 and it won't burn a hole on 35mm film. but a digital camera pointed at the sun it'll cook itself before knowing to shut the aperture down.
interesting snake vine damage though, my last camera just had "bad sectors" that pool around the center like water on dry soil