Friday, March 20, 2009

SWF - 20 March 09

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Continuing on the theme of 'dust season.' It's been hot and dry here, not much relief from the few drops of rain that sometimes appear. The sky is opaque.

Thursday morning, the dawn was very strange. The whole sky glowed pink. It reminded me of how old science fiction films portrayed Mars.

pink sky

This is part of the reason why it's so hazy - dust roads and buses.

bus

Women trying to keep the dust off themselves.

umbrellas

Actually, people tend to use umbrellas to protect themselves more from the sun than from the rain.

snake mountain

When we drove back to Vientiane on Thursday, we were about a kilometer from Snake Mountain, one of our landmarks, before we could start to make it out through the haze.

sugar palms

Still, in the irrigated fields, you can still see some green under the gray skies.

This is my contribution to Skywatch Friday, whose members post pictures of the skies around the world.

14 comments:

Today's Blah... said...

I love that pink sky you have there, just like pink blushes. As for umbrellas, we also use it for the sun as well as for the rain. :)

I'm just wondering what the tree is called on your last photo. It seemed to be so unique.

Louise said...

These are really interesting photos. The dust would drive me crazy (we have dust/sand storms here in the Spring a lot),but it does make some beautiful sunrises and sunsets!

Digital Polaroids said...

I loved the 1st pic, PINK SKY!

floreta said...

haze or not, still nice shots! i like the bus picture.

bookbabie said...

Great shots of an interesting place we don't often get to see, thanks for sharing:)

kden said...

The pink is so pretty but I sure wouldn't want to put up with the dust. Love all of your shots.

Quiet Paths said...

I always enjoy your photos and captions. That is one weird looking pink sky.

Greg Dimitriadis said...

Great pink sky!

Keera Ann Fox said...

The palm trees in your last photo made me a bit homesick for my native California. :-)

soulbrush said...

these are incredible photos.

Babooshka said...

The hint of pink is so pretty. The dust must be maddening at times, but haze I can live with.

magiceye said...

lovely set of images!

Arija said...

I love all of them, the dust in the atmosphere lends dynamism as well as calm, quite an odd marriage.

CTG Ponies said...

Beautiful color in the sky but I think the dust would drive me crazy.