A dust strom hit Israel on April 1st, visibility less than 300m. No air-traffic and most advisable to stay indoors - especially for the elderly, infants and people with allergies or Asthma. On such a day, also, do not plan on hanging the laundry… or a car wash…
This is a typical phenomenon for early spring – we get every year this Southern/SW winds that carry desert dust from Lybia & Egypt over to the Middle-East, just this year an intense wind-gusts along with a deeper barometric trough, created such a heavy storm.
Taken from highest location in Givatayim, in contrast: this is how it looked on a super-bright day, on a slightly more to the right direction.
The dust settled by night…
Location on map: 32.07, 34.8
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Noel_Byrne (27742) 2013-04-03 8:34
Wow, I've never experienced a dust storm, but you say this is a bright day, so gives me a great idea as to how much of an impact this must have, the high tower is barely visible. Amazing phenomonen, and a great capture of it too!
All the best
lousat (83456) 2013-04-03 9:10
Hi Ike,great timing to take and to show us this phenomenon that seems common in your country in this month but that i never seen live,i remember only a sand storm in Egypt many years ago during my vacation there.The pic is really perfect to understand what happens,looks like Milano in the autumn fog...hehe....have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
pajaran (55545) 2013-04-03 10:12
Dobar tekst o trenutku ...
Lep pogled na zelene grane, i grad pokriven prasinom ...
Dobar trenuta snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazan grad i trenutak sa prasinom.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc, sve najbolje.
Good article on time ...
A beautiful view of the green branches, and the city is covered with dust ...
Good currently recording, contrast, beautiful color.
Good work, nice city and shown the moment the dust.
Good evening and peaceful night, all the best.
kato (11630) 2013-04-03 10:25
You're capturing well this weather situation by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's impressive to see the cityscape covered by a dust storm. We can know well the difference from phototograph posted to previous bright day. It seems to be the natural phenomenon which a monsoon brings about and which is not avoided, as you note. Even in Japan, the sky is sometimes dyed yellow with the yellow sand which rides on a wind from China.
jemaflor (90023) 2013-04-03 10:35
Interesting report with this dust storm, Good contrast between the vegetation in the Fg, good pov on he town.
Nicou (131358) 2013-04-03 10:40
quelle vue qui se perd dans la brume ces bâtiment avec la belle végétation en premier plan quelle compo et image fantastique.
Bravo et amitié
ourania (37324) 2013-04-03 10:50
this exactly was our situation today. All the colours faded away, visibility was poor and the dust was palpable in the air and visible on all surfaces.(By the way, I'd like to thank you for the close observation of my photos and for the things you've noticed and learned about Leros.)
Your capture of this phenomenon is superb, it describes it with great precision, the colours are so natural and faithful to the truth. The deep green foreground provides great contrast and relief. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
dip (23872) 2013-04-03 12:55
dust storms are unpleasant but in that case it works positive,giving an interesting motive to take a photo,
very well captured,
Miguel82 (26869) 2013-04-03 14:00
A journalist picture Ike, congratulations
Nice view on Tel aviv roofs also
An excllent document for the medias
pierrefonds (61008) 2013-04-03 15:12
It is looking like fog, the dust storm has the same effect. The point of view is showing the details and colours of the buildings. The dusty sky is gibving a good contrast to the colours. Have a nice day.
thebest (4276) 2013-04-03 16:26
This is very interesting a dust storm that can turn the bluest of blue skies into night - Gus & I saw a similar scene in Argentina caused by Volcanic ash - I took some images & looking at them you would say they were taken at night.
I like the fact that you have captured the change happening before the whole City became engulfed.
delpeoples (55254) 2013-04-03 18:39
Ciao dear Ike
Wow, this is an impressive reportage photo! I had a look at what it looks like on a clear day, and we could be talking about two different cities! I remember we had a dust storm in Sydney 4 years ago, everything was covered in orange dust. Very strange the things that Mother Nature does to us! An excellent photo, keeping us up to date with everything that is happening in your country.
PS: My mum and I were watching a television program on the underground of Jerusalem, particularly the foundations of the Wailing Wall and Road to Damascus. David Suchet hosted it (the man who plays Poirot detective). And I thought of you and showed mum some of your lovely photos. She sends you a big hello!
jcpix (13820) 2013-04-03 19:12
Good morning Ike,
Natural weather can make for some of the most interesting and captivating photos..if you can catch them without being involved in the worst of it anyway! :) We have many a dust storm here in Arizona during the monsoon season, known as haboobs, sometimes giant walls of red desert dirt and debris do some serious damage to the landscape and city itself. Take a look at this if you're interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W4Cx44XKZ4 Seeing this picture instantly brings to mind the ferocity these storms can bring, glad you were able to take this from a safe spot. Even for a "dull" amount of visibility, this holds interest and makes for a nice photojournalist type of picture. Thanks for taking advantage of the moment to share this one. Have a great day, and hopefully a brighter and more sunny outlook from Mother Nature. :)
All the best,
Sonata11 (33697) 2013-04-03 20:31
beautiful composition of city scape in foggy day. Wonderfully executed with great management of light, colors, sharpness, clarity and great presentation. Perfectly well done. Thanks for sharing.
emka (87444) 2013-04-03 22:48
Hi ike, I do not know what I would prefer. A dust storm or snow. I am so tired with winter. And what I see from my window? A lot of fresh snow after night, again everything covered in white. Brrrr..
Cricri (112009) 2013-04-03 23:30
C'est un moment particulier que vous nous montrer, pas des plus agréable....
Une vue sur la ville dans un genre de brume, grand contraste avec celle sur le lien , remplie de soleil
Royaldevon (33787) 2013-04-04 0:57
Good Morning Ike,
Well, this is new information to me. I never imagined dust storms in Tel Aviv! The comparison between your two photographs shows the incredible effects of the dust! A great, almost journalistic shot.
Hope things are better today,
Didi (59144) 2013-04-04 1:14
The city seems going in another dimension
Terrific composition, people should take care for their health
Similar problems in Cairo my native country
adramad (41118) 2013-04-04 7:25
Reporting a formidable image, such storms must be very unpleasant when the dust is so thick and removes visibility, here we sometimes have this kind of phenomena but lighter, with dust coming from the Sahara desert.
Good sharpness and light level taking into account the weather conditions.
Have a good evening.
Kielia (24073) 2013-04-04 8:35
your TE title describes the photo very well!
You have captured the situation excellently. And an interesting note is accompanying this fascinating documentary shot. Thanks for sharing!
danos (91070) 2013-04-04 23:46
nice the view as the presentation of the place with the misty atmosphere to make the image even more effective and unique.I like the well chosen POV with the green foreground to cover the whole scene perfectly.
Have a good day,Danos
jhm (145134) 2013-04-05 2:38
During summer get we here in Belgium sometimes also, dust out of the Sahara, one or twice in the year, this is very fine dust and a little bit yellow.
This is a very nice daily life image, this see we almost never on TE.
Very well composition, good presentation too. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
marabu61 (9707) 2013-04-06 9:59
As I have lived in Tel Aviv for a year (1983) I still remember those dust storms. The difference between your clear and sunny shot and this one ist stunning.
Tel Aviv has changed so much since I was working for the Sheraton Hotel as a young chef. We where last in 2011 in Israel and although I did recognize many of the old places, the change to the city was amazing.
have a good weekend
fabbs99 (16819) 2013-04-06 14:13
Great shot with exceptional sharpness and framing.Superb light management and clarity of the shot.Excellent composition, very well done, TFS.
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-04-07 0:49
on your photo this weather phenomenon looks quite fascinating,but I realize in a real life it´s not so great to experience something like that(by the way did you not scared about your camera?).The scene is superbly framed with so clear divided FG and the BG-I enjoy also nicely captured and strong contrast(green foreground enliven well the dusty,grey skyline behind.
Have a nice sunday
mirosu (15350) 2013-04-10 5:40
I know this from days when I was working in Bahrain. Not very favorable conditions.
You have captured it very well.
Many thanks for your constructive comment to my Sailing on Ice photo. You are right with the comment on "cutting the top". Taking this photo I was concentrating on the bottom part of the ship in the ice catchment. Going farther, to capture the whole ship, I'd lose the nice details. That why I called it "Sailing on the Ice"
mcmtanyel (17179) 2013-04-19 21:04
What a contrast! I mean, I clicked on the link you provided and looked at the picture on a bright day. What a contrast between the two! Thanks for sharing such a dramatic phenomenon!
clic (16134) 2013-04-26 7:49
That is a most-interesting picture to my canadian eyes...never saw such a calamity hitting a city in my life!
Your report is quite instructive.
jmdias (59190) 2013-06-22 15:58
watching the image it looks like an usual fog. but reading your note we can see what it is. interesting moment of nature.
- Copyright: Ike Harel (ikeharel) (63833)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-04-01
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ35
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Unusual moments, objects and amazing nature's. [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-04-03 8:29