An Amarillo photographer's personal journey through the Dust Bowl- with past and present eyes.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Dust so thick ...

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Another Amarillo duster - third one this month and it's only March 6.

Today was a warm and pleasant day until around 3PM when the winds began to blow - kicking up a thousand feet thick layer of dirt around the city.

As the sun set into this layer - it was at times so thick - it worked like welders' glass and so filtered the light - one could see sunspots.

The dust is very pretty at sunset - but other than for making some spectacular sites - most of us in the Texas Panhandle are quickly growing weary of it.

Thursday night they are forecasting a snow - maybe a few inches which (hopefully) wil settle the dirt for awhile.

Pray for snow.

-Steve Douglass

Wow - I just learned that NASA solar telescopes recorded ( at about the same time I was photographing this) a "Coronal Mass Ejection" which was "One of the largest since July 2000 and may already having impacts on radio, GPS and other communications.

It may also bring the northern lights or aurora borealis down to the southern U.S. in coming nights."

Music of the Dust Bowl Era - Woody Guthrie Dust Bowl Refugee

"All that's between us and the north wind is a barbed wire fence."- unknown.

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