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Dust Storm Blankets Sydney

This morning I awoke to find a crazy orange glow coming through the bedroom window. On closer inspection, and after watching the morning news, it was revealed to be a massive duststorm that had blow across from western New South Wales. The dust completely blanketed Sydney, closing down ferry services on Sydney Harbour and flights departing from and arriving at Sydney airport. Many commuters decided to have the day off instead of attempting to navigate the hazardous road conditions, and those with respiratory problems were advised to stay indoors.

Further north from Sydney (about 70 kilometres), where I live, conditions were much the same, as the following photos attest. The poor horses and cows didn’t seem too fazed by this unusual event, but the orange glow in the sky and dusty haze sure made for some stunning backgrounds.
Country horses tolerate the dust cloud - click on the image to view it larger.
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Dust storm requires drivers to use caution and headlights - click to view the image larger.No it's not a sunrise, nor sunset - it's a dust storm! - Click on the image to view it larger.High winds beat at a willow tree - click to view the image larger.People close themselves in, while the animals have no choice - click on the image to view it larger.Dust Storm Cloud makes for a great background - click to view the image larger.A lonely cow looks for company in the cloud of the dust storm - Click to view the image larger.The sky is on fire! - Click to view the image larger.


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  1. Wow Manz, that orange is really striking! Could you breathe outside, or did you have to wear a facemask or scarf over your mouth?

    The top photo with the Horses is very well composed. I also like the picture of the lone cow.

    It looks like outter space.
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    Posted by Bill | September 22, 2009, 11:34 pm
  2. WOW. Amazing photography, ive just seen the news this morning about the dust bowl storm but nothing they showed on the news was as good as the images your showing here. Truely amazing pictures. I hope your all ok with this dust, take care

    Mali Eatingdesign
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    Posted by Mali | September 23, 2009, 1:22 am
  3. dust storms are crazy, kind a burn the eyes, and scarves are great to have
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    Posted by shea Holliman | September 23, 2009, 7:20 am
  4. I like the second picture on the left. It would seem as though the photographer managed to capture a UFO!

    Posted by Jeremy Sapp | September 23, 2009, 9:04 am
  5. Great photos Manz – what a surreal day

    Posted by Felicity | September 23, 2009, 3:06 pm
  6. Makes it look like a completely different world…if it weren’t for that horse, I’d say it was. hahahaha

    Wonderful shots!
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    Posted by Wayne | September 23, 2009, 4:33 pm
  7. Hi Manz, stunning photos. Must be weird to look at the world through an orange dustcloud. Feels quite eerie. Hope it soon settles down so you can all just breathe again.

    Thanks for your lovely comments. I’m especially happy with your comment on that first marathon photo. Last week I’ve started a photography course for beginners and we have to bring some of our favorite photos to the lesson this week. I’ve chosen that particular one, but hubs and a friend of ours didn’t like the amount of black/yellow whateveryoucallit. And that is just the reason I like it. So…thanks thanks thanks for convincing me to take it to class :-)

    Posted by carolina | September 23, 2009, 11:17 pm
  8. wow. that is wild.

    when LA burns it gets bad but not like that.

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    Posted by d! | September 24, 2009, 2:02 am
  9. Thanks for sharing. Great Photos. What region are they taken in. You said 70 ks north of Sydney, so guess either Maitland, Newcastle, Cessnock. I am South of Sydney (70 ks) Picton area, Woke to a stillness that was red and erie. Thanks again.

    Posted by Judith | September 24, 2009, 6:11 am
  10. @ Bill – No, I didn’t have anything over my mouth… but I probably should have! My camera battery died after I was out there for an hour; which in retrospect was a good thing for my health! (and camera!) I too like the lone cow – debated if I should post that one – glad I went with it.

    @ Mali – thank you!! After seeing some of the photos on the news, I actually sent a few of mine to them… however, by the time I did the news had moved onto images of Queensland (state north from me where the dust migrated). :(

    @ Shea – my eyes seemed to be the only thing affected! Where was this advice when I needed it! 😉

    @ Jeremy – that’s one of my own favorites in the bunch! I can debunk that UFO theory though :)

    @ Felicity – thanks for dropping in!! I imagine you were up early also and that Newcastle was just as orange… did the little guy wake you in wonder?

    @ Wayne – Indeed! Had I not seen any horses, I may have felt the world had died overnight and I was the sole survivor!

    @ Carolina – It was eerie… yesterday was a big clean up day – car washers who have had it tough for a while had one of their biggest trading days! And you’re welcome :)

    @ D – Thanks! First thing I thought of when I woke, was that the bush that is around us was on fire – I was up in seconds!!

    @ Judith – you’re more than welcome. It’s nice of you to drop by the post and comment! I’m not that far up – they’re taken in Yarramalong Valley – The Entrance area but inland.

    Thanks again everyone. It was a pleasure to share these with you!

    Posted by Manz | September 24, 2009, 4:59 pm
  11. Tip to self – don’t use smiley faces when you have more than one reaction to comments… that last comment of mine looks a mess!

    Posted by Manz | September 24, 2009, 5:01 pm
  12. Great photo’s Mandy, we read about this unusual storm in the papers here and I didn’t realise you were in the middle of it. News gets so much closer if you know someone who’s in it………..Love to you & Dave !!


    Posted by Rob | September 28, 2009, 3:15 am

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