Thursday, February 19, 2009

Achoo! Gesundheit!

I looked out the window this afternoon to find that Jerusalem had disappeared from the horizon. The hills across our valley had also been swallowed up.
The sun looked weird and ominous.
I clicked on the local newspapers. Sure enough, a huge cloud of dust had suddenly blown in from Egypt and was covering Israel.
Sde Dov, Tel Aviv's small airport, did not let planes land. And the Environmental Protection Ministry issued a warning of severe air pollution all over the country and urged the elderly, people with heart or lung conditions, pregnant women, and children to stay indoors.
Well, I hoped I didn't fit any of those categories and went out to take a picture.
We are hoping for rain tonight to make the air easier on the nose and eyes. Achoo!
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SkyWatch Friday participants are showing their (hopefully brighter and clearer) skies starting tonight. Have a look.

33 comments:

Carver said...

Before I read your post, I thought it was fog. I hope you get rain soon.

Abe Lincoln said...

Your sky photos look a lot warmer than those outside my window today.

Somebody told me to try SkyWatch again. I hope I can hold out long enough to make it around to everyone's blog.

Abraham Lincoln's Blog

Steffi said...

Yes, just I thought it´s fog.Great shot!I hope it will be rain soon!Have a nice weekend!

Bradley Myers said...

I hope you get the rain, I have never been around a place that had dust blow up like that and it does not look pleasant.

ascu75 aka Don said...

Bet it covers everything we sometimes get dust clouds blown this far up and it covers the car and walls the gardens dont seem to show it. Hope you didnt suffer to bad XXX Don

Mary said...

Wow, what an eerie sight! Happy SWF. :)

VALKYRIEN said...

Usually when MY city looks like that, it is because of fog. Never seen dust cover a hole city like that. Hope you get rain soon - so your beautiful city can emerge to the surface again! Been there you see!

fishing guy said...

Dina: What an interesting look at the sand filled sky.

Quiet Paths said...

Very eerie; I hope it clear up soon for you all.

Guy D said...

Lovely photo, this shot is outstanding. Thanks for sharing.

Have a great weekend!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Petrea said...

Just from dry weather? That's pretty bad. I hope you get that rain very soon.

Susie of Arabia said...

The skies here often look like this - it just make me think how much I hate to dust!
http://susieofarabia.wordpress.com/

Catherine said...

Is there someone to swith the light on ?
A weird sight, but a good picture.

[my knowledge in computer science is like your sky, Dina. So I can't explain why you can't access in my blog. Maybe, you'll have to wait, and the dust will vanish. Then you'll be able to read it again : )...]

SandyCarlson said...

What a strange phenomenon. I hope you fared well through this.

Suzanne said...

Oh it is kind of eerie with the sun just popping its head out to add some light.
Hope you get better days.
Happy SWF.

Cloudia said...

How Biblical!
That dust contains ancient grains of pharoes, of slaves' sandals, of the exhalations of the prophets and the matriarchs. elements that once were the eyelashes and tears of animals that never glimpsed a human. Also the djinns and dust devils from an ancient forgotten tale enjoy their dance above your wondering head, Dina.....A bit of floss from a pacific palm swirls high above you too. It is my Hawaiian greeting to you. a quick note, an "in" joke between blogging friends on opposite sides of the globe. MMMM, i can smell the garlic cooking in your neighbors pot. Aloha, sistah-

Teri C said...

Wow, that is major dust!!! I hope it clears up with whatever it takes. It even looks unhealthy.

Indrani said...

I wonder what caused the dust storm!

Kay said...

Dust? Oh my goodness! I'll be hoping for rain for you, Dina.

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

Amazing how viewing the sky brings the world together. We are all united under this beautiful natural wonderful, the ever-changing sky!

I may try to join the movement but need to learn the details!

Jan
Greensboro Daily Photo

Mediterranean kiwi said...

i really hope it doesnt head here - you know how much i hate red rain

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

Wow, it looks a lot like fog although cleary it is much more unpleasant.

kjpweb said...

Bless you! :)
Really not a sky you want to have around for long. Good shot though!
Cheers, Klaus

bookbabie said...

Yikes, I didn't know that was a problem there, neat capture though:)

Carol said...

Wow...looks foggy and mysterious...never saw dust like this...like the photo..

Pietro said...

Dina, rarely we can see such a gloomy and fascinating sky. Great shot.
Have a nice weekend!

Colin Campbell said...

Interesting. It reminded me of my time in Singapore when smoke from the bush fires in Sumatra hung over Singapore for about three weeks. No sun at all during that period.

floreta said...

gloomy but lovely!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Boy that is a lot of dust you got there.

Jack and Joann said...

Wow! That's a dust storm to rival those that occur in Arizona. Is there dust seeping into the house thru tiny cracks. That used to happen to my mother-in-law in Arizona.

Anonymous said...

Dust! Is that what it was? I noticed it here in Kfar Saba but it didn't feel dusty outside - just very strange light effects.

We certainly got the rain didn't we? Thank goodness!

Kfar Sabarit

syel said...

and i thought it was all mist or fog but i was mistaken. hoping for the rain to come really really soon. :)

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

Dina:

My post today 2/21 features Temple Emanuel in our city. Many of our city's prominent Jewish residents attend this temple. I thought you might be interested, given some of your previous posts!

Jan
Greensboro Daily Photo