Roger's SkyPix

Sunrise, Sunset

Dust of Okies

Dust of Okies

Another dusty sky diffuses the setting sun's golden glow into Martian hues across central Oklahoma, still in the grip of a hard drought at the time of the photo. Yet this drought, and this dust, was merely a triviality compared to some in the last few centuries in these parts. How often, for example, had this view greeted southern Plains settlers in the days before color photography? As this scene unfolded in the western sky, images from the Grapes of Wrath resurfaced, rewinding the mind's eye through a time machine squarely into the 1930s, and to far more common recurrences of sunsets that were much like this, if not even murkier on many occasions.

Norman OK (28 Feb 7) Looking WSW