dusty skies


It has been extremely windy around here for the last few days.  Of course that means it has been very dusty.  I mean so dusty that the sun really doesn’t peek through very well except when it is directly overhead.  Which means it has been a few days since I have seen the sunset.

Yesterday I took a couple of pictures of the dust shrouded sun, they don’t look as cool as it looked in real life.  There must be a trick on how to photograph them to capture that unique look.

The first day when the dust started really filling the air it was late in the day and the horizon was a very unique dusty rose color with a big orange sun.  By the time I got my camera the sun was almost completely behind the mountain and I missed the chance to capture that unusual sky.  You can see a hint of what it looked like in the picture I did take.

I also snapped a couple of shots of August’s first full moon.  The moon was shrouded in the dust, so it was not very bright , but it did give it an orange hue.  I cropped the shit out of one of the pictures so you can really see the moon well.  It turned out ok, but it is times like that I really wish I had a tripod to get a crisper picture.

Thanks for looking.

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19 responses »

  1. Kafoodie says:

    Some of our dustiest days in KAF are, oddly, also the calmest wind-wise. The way it was explained to me is the the dust is carried aloft by storms in Iran and is carried by the upper level winds over KAF where it settles. So, essentially, it rains dust here. I’m not sure this is a true explanation but it works for me.

  2. I love all the pics – but particularly the one with the sun just peeking out from the mountain

  3. Margarita says:

    So it’s blue moon month! Love the picture of the sun peeking over the mountain…

  4. What great pics loved them

  5. elisaruland says:

    Are you able to watch any of the Olympics where you are? Misty May Treanor always gives a shout out to the troops after their beach volley ball games, and I always hope that you all hear it!

    • danbohmer says:

      At most of the FOBs there are plenty of TVs with AFN (Armed Forces Network) and a lot of people buy DishTV (not the American Version – it is from India, but with plenty of English channels), but here at FOB Al Masaak we do not have any TV & streaming video on the internet is not an option.

      • elisaruland says:

        Ugh, that’s too bad. Misty May and Kerri Walsh have won the gold in the past two Olympics and are going for their 3rd in London. They are so much fun to watch because of their great chemistry, talent and enthusiasm. After every match, Misty sticks her head in the camera and wishes the Dodgers good luck (she’s married to a Dodger) and then always thanks the troops for all they do. I always wonder if you all hear shout outs like that. So at least now you know!!

        Have a great day…night…morning?!!

      • danbohmer says:

        cool, thanks!

  6. Wow I love the different shots of the moon! Not just your average shot, but you threw in some other ones! Love them!

  7. […] took the picture of the 1st full moon of August ‘dusty skies’ with the plan to also post the second full moon, which is the ‘Blue […]

  8. […] took the picture of the 1st full moon of August ‘dusty skies’ with the plan to also post the second full moon, which is the ‘Blue […]

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