April 30, 2008

Orange Glow

Sandstorms have been kicking up in Kuwait pretty often the past few days. Some days back there was another kind of freak storm.

According to Wikipedia:

“A dust storm or sandstorm is a meteorological phenomenon common in arid and semi-arid regions and arises when a gust front passes or when the wind force exceeds the threshold value where loose sand and dust are removed from the dry surface.”

Those with respiratory problems and susceptibility to dust allergy are in trouble. To some extent, others too!

Here a picture that I shot just five minutes back sticking the cam out from my office window through a busy day at work. It's a good break. I’m also hastily typing these few words before I'll get back to resume my work.

Pretty orange, ain’t it? ;) Here’s another picture with a colleague in the foreground.

The pictures are not photoshopped and uploaded as shot.

I’ll have to cut down my driving speed by at least half on my way back home. As I am writing this, I can see the glow is only deepening by the minutes. Hope I’ll not be stranded here for lack of visibility on the roads!

Have a great day, while I shall try to breathe normal through that dust storm!


backpakker said...

wow ! even a storm can look pretty...last year we were at Srinagar at a conference when a similar sand storm suddenly spoilt our dinner plans and we were then cooped up in our boss'room and continued our conference :(

San said...

We have lots of dust here in New Mexico. And I live on a dirt road and this is the windy season, so sometimes I will look out the window and see big dust devils flying down the road. But your orange glow is more intense that what we experience here.

Safe driving...and thank you for the intriguing images, Celine.

Cuckoo said...

Lovely orange haze that is... quite intriguing.

Were you able to drive safely ?

indicaspecies said...


Aw, sorry about that. I hope scenic Srinagar was back to its nature best by next day. Thank you for your comment. :)

indicaspecies said...


The dust has almost cleared up and I am safe at home. Thank you for your kind comments and concern. :)

I am just back from reading a wonderful post on Heart's Destiny and Blue Wolves. ;)

indicaspecies said...


Thank you for your care and concern. I am back home and fine, thanks. :)

Ms. Creek said...

WOW! I've never seen anything like that before! Oh, I've been in dust storms, but they were tannish color, not that orange!

Thanks for the great pics!

Michele Benjamin RN, MSN said...

wow ...glad you are home and safe Celine.
Those pictures look so beautiful.
...probably able to appreciate the beauty more now that you are safe and at home.

Shrinky said...

Oh my goodness, how atmospheric. I am sure this is far prettier to veiw than to live through, but from where I am sitting it appears romantic and mystical.

I hope it settles soon, and you are able to make it home unimpeded.

Anonymous said...

Sand Blasted!
The orange glow is other worldly. I've never seen anything like this before. Wow. What does it sound like?

AJEYA RAO said...

Wow! several doubts -
How do u step out?
What happens to the car glasses?

GMG said...

Hi Celine! Nice poem, now that the times of despair are gone! Lovely sunrise or sunset! The tranquil Tuesday picture is beautiful! And the sand storm pictures are incredible...
Thanks for your comment on Blogtrotter, where I’m exploring a new country now. Surprise! ;)
Hope you have a great week and manage to survive the storms!

Zhu said...

Or you serious??? Wow! I have to read the "not photoshoped" thing twice, I thought you added some cool effects at first!

This is just amazing. I mean, I'm sure it's a pain in the butt after a while but this is quite an experience!

When I was living in Hong Kong, I once took a picture of an umpteenth typhoon and looked pretty cool too. Really dark even though it was day time and very much like "the day after tomorrow"!

Awesome pictures, seriously. Please close your eyes and don't get sand in them ;)

Indrani said...

Sand storms, sounds quite frightening. You must be all warned of it beforehand right?

indicaspecies said...

Ms. Creek:

Hey thanks. Your comment makes me feel I did the right thing sharing these pictures. :)

indicaspecies said...


Thanks for your kind concern. Namaste, sweet lady. :)

indicaspecies said...


LOL. Mystical and romantic it is - only in pictures, but not to experience. You are right, its far prettier to view than actually live through it.

We have clear warm weather now, and certainly no more orange glow to romance on anymore. ;)

indicaspecies said...


Darlene, now I am certain it wasn't silly of me to share these. :)

It is not an uncommon sight here just prior to summer. This one was a bit extra coloured though, and wasn't particularly noisy, but there are times when it can get nasty and sound like a gale.

indicaspecies said...


Especially in times of poor visibility, we do not step out till the storm subsides. Vehicle windshield is generally coated with fine dust, most of which flies off easily when the vehicle starts moving.

And then for a perfect sheen, daily wash by "car washers" is mostly arranged on monthly basis, so at times such as these, they are extra busy!

Any more questions? :)

indicaspecies said...


A sunset at Bhopal lake. I shall be over to your place to explore the new country shortly. Thank you for your nice comments on my posts, and I am still alive..haha!

You have a good weekend Gil. :)

indicaspecies said...


Thank you for an interesting comment that made me smile. Do you have that picture shot in Hong Kong? If so, I wonder if it is posted on your website.

My eyes were half-closed (like a camel's) then..LOL. Now they are wide open enjoying a warm and clear day here. ;)

indicaspecies said...


When a severe one is expected, warning is generally given.

Dust storm is a routine phenomena in this part of the world, and no, doesn't scare me one bit. :)

*~*Sameera*~* said...

Cool!There are sandstorms here too but not as lovely!Hope you were not stranded that day :)

indicaspecies said...


'Sandstorm' and 'lovely' together sounds more like an oxymoron. ;)

I reached home safe as it cleared up after sometime. Thanks. :)

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