Dust Storms are a regular feature in western Rajasthan in the midst of the Thar desert. 15-20 years ago, dust storms were very common in Jaipur during April-May. Now we hardly have any! Jaipur is situated in eastern Rajasthan, technically it’s a semi-arid region. A lot has changed over the last few years. Concrete structures and dwelling units dominate the landscape within a radius of 20-30 Km of the city area. Does it have any impact on the occurrence of dust storms? I think it does have an impact!
Earlier this week, we experienced one in Jaipur. Here is a picture that captures the dynamic sky colors during a dust storm which was followed by a drizzle. I shot this picture with a Smartphone, around sunset at Jaipur Statue Circle.
The colors that this dust storm created in the sky were unique. I’m sure with DSLR I could have captured these colors even better since the mobile phone sensors despite technological up-gradation are still smaller than the one in DSLR. It’s a trade-off! Mobile phones help you capture evanescent moments!
This area is called Statue Circle because it has a statue of Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur city in the center of a huge circle. I’m posting another picture of Statue Circle during sunshine so you can see how dramatic it looks in the first picture.