“With love, from the Outback”

Posted: September 23, 2009 in Uncategorized

Starting from first light this morning, the city has been surreal today. Overnight, a massive dust storm that’s been making its way from the middle of Australia blew over Sydney, and when the sun rose, it was like waking up on Mars. Bear in mind, this is the distance equivalent of a dust storm in New Mexico making its way to San Francisco. With the first tinges of light, the air itself was a bright red, lit with an apocolyptic alpenglow. Many people on the city’s edge feared an inferno had snuck into their backyard while they slept, but the air was cool, and the only smell was the metallic aftertaste of dust in the back of your throat. In my disorientation from being half-asleep, I thought my eyes were somehow having trouble, and had to keep looking at the light on my computer monitor to be sure I hadn’t lost my ability to see the color blue.

By now, the angry orange glow has paled to a brown, but the air is still choked, and everything is dusted with a coating of the same color. Looking down the street, the surrounding landscape is hazy, like the city is caught in a bone-dry rainstorm. The smell of dust is constant, and walking outside stings the eyes and makes you blink much more than normal.

I kind of wish it would last another day. I really want to see another morning like we had today.

Meantime, a massive collection of photos from all over the city has been gathering on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1239213@N21/

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Comments
  1. zevhonith says:

    Beautiful and surreal! Thank you for sharing!
    We’re getting choked by smoke in Eugene right now, but it’s a fraction as bad as this looks. Just red sun, ash in the air, brown skies.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful and surreal! Thank you for sharing!

    We’re getting choked by smoke in Eugene right now, but it’s a fraction as bad as this looks. Just red sun, ash in the air, brown skies.

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