Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sydney Duststorm

This is a bit of old news, but since I started this particular blog only a couple of weeks ago, please excuse me for wanting to share with you a couple of my photos of this extraordinary morning in question back in September last year (2009), at the end of our so called winter (ie that of a very mild kind; it never snows in Sydney).

I got up as usual, quite early in the morning, and once the sun was supposed to be rising there was something unusual, as if it, the sun, was holding back, and it wasn't like being an overcast morning or anything, and it surely felt a bit eery, I tell you. I grabbed my trusted camera, and tried to record the things happening around me, and then I turned on the (trusted) computer to see what was actually going on:

ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Online, September 23, 2009:

"Dust storm chokes Sydney

Posted Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:00am AEST 

Sydneysiders are being warned that a huge dust cloud will continue to affect the city through the day, after they woke to an eerie red dawn this morning.

The huge dust storm which has settled over the city and much of New South Wales was carried east overnight by gale-force winds of up to 100kph."

Note:  I'm not saying this was caused by global warming, but there're just too many odd things happening all around us (whether it's the unusual cold spell in the States and Europe at the moment, or heat-waves and bush-fires here in Australia, or whatever it is that's in the headlines).  I do personally trust the facts provided by the serious scientists; they're the ones who study/know these things, not the odd self-serving politicians, shock-jocks, and the masses being easily influenced by these people.

Well, enough of polemic for now. A thought though, these images are quite beautiful, so it may well be that we'll be able to go down enjoying the scenery:


Albrecht Dürer, 1514


31 cm × 26 cm (12 in × 10 in)


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