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Old Jan 22, 2011, 12:06 AM   #1
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I didn't think I was going to be able to come up with anything for this bi-weekly challenge. Even my archive shots would have only been a kite surfer or a sailboat.

However, I took a couple of pictures day before yesterday that qualify. They aren't very good since I was shooting through the windshield in a car traveling 45+ mph after the sun had gone behind a mountain. But you get the idea.

Blowing sand across the desert:





I wasn't about to get out and try to take better pictures.
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Old Jan 22, 2011, 7:21 AM   #2
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That's one heck of a sandstorm developing. Reminds me of those newsphotos of the dust storms engulfing China or back in the Dust Bowl days earlier this century.

Good work at 45+mph.
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There's no way you will shot a bad picture. Even from a car at 45 mph. Amazing.
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Thank you, Ordo, for such a compliment - you haven't seen all my rejects (which are numerous).

The sandstorm ended up not amounting to all that much, and by morning it was calm. It made for a cool sight and some neat snaps more than anything else. As a teenager with a brand new drivers license I drove through a much worse sandstorm. I didn't even realize what it was at the time, thought I was driving through fog or something, it was that dark-grey all over. Got off the freeway and discovered that I had been driving with a huge tail-wind, and the grey was blowing sand. The car (my parents) needed a paint job after that.

This one just brought to mind old Western movies and ghost towns, no sand-blasted paint job.
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Very nicely done. I love how the road just kind of disappears into the sandstorm.
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Thanks, it does look like the road falls off into the abyss. It really doesn't - it goes down the hill and then makes a sharp right turn. But it's fun to think of it getting swallowed up by the blowing sand.
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