Red Dust above Blue Lake - 2009

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Comments (10)

Greg Swinfield on August 8, 2010

Blue Lake is on the right, Mt Twynam is in the distance. This photo has been darkened to show the red dust in the snow which was deposited during huge dust storms that occurred across eastern Australia a few months earlier.

AndreyMos on September 2, 2010

Very nice photo!


Greg Swinfield on September 4, 2010

Thanks AndreyMos. I thought the photo was a failure at first because the auto focus got the snow not the background. But that was OK since the snow was so unusual with the layers of red dust appearing after the dust storms of 2009.

Jesus Miguel Ballero… on September 7, 2010

beautiful pic voted

good luck in the contest

thor@odin™ on February 6, 2012

Wonderful showy snow :) like, Peter

K. Peters on February 23, 2012

Hallo Greg!

Roter Schnee - sehr interessante Aufnahme mit der passenden Erklärung!


Grüße von Klaus

Dinos Konstantinos on March 12, 2012

Wonderful place, like!!

K@rin on March 13, 2012

Hello Greg interesting to see the red dust on the snow .. first thought was sand ! :) Nice photo again of Blue lake, I guess is one of your fav. places to go !

we have some times desert sand coming down , blown all the way from the Sahara , than cars etc. are covered in a thin layer of yellow sand, best wishes Karin

like 4!

Greg Swinfield on March 14, 2012

Hi * Karin*, thanks for digging into the early photos. This one was taken in a bit of a rush since I am walking with a group. If I take too many photos I am left behind :(

Once home I realised that the autofocus was on the snow but that was OK since the snow was so unusual with the red dust from earlier that year. This was at the end of a long drought and the centre of australia was covered in red dust just waiting for the wind to pick it up and blow it everywhere - even to the mountain tops. Since then we have had lots of rain and the centre of australia is turning green!

I did not realise you sometimes get sand from the Sahara!

enjoy your day


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on March 31, 2012

Interesting phenomena Greg ..We get similar red dust blowing all the way from the Sahara desert in North Africa to the shores of the UK when certain weather conditions prevail :)

I think this is my first trip here bud..I reckon I'll be back



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Greg Swinfield
Newcastle Australia

Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 8, 2010
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Greg Swinfield
    • Camera: Canon EOS 450D
    • Taken on 2009/12/08 08:44:14
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1250)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash