Tuesday, July 13, 2010

sunset at peterborg

There have been a few days in the past month where there has been a haze hanging in the air all day for a few days. I had assumed that it was the humidity but it turns out to be dust from the Sahara desert. It blows in occasionally and hangs around for a few days. A sunset out at Peterborg (a neighborhood on St. Thomas) shows how the dust affects the air and view. No red sunsets, the sun just drops below the horizon without much fanfare. We are told that this dust minimizes hurricane development so it has its uses. Its not noticable anywhere but in the air. It doesn't collect on horizontal surfaces or bother your eyes or breathing. Anyway, peterborg is the kind of place to visit if you want to feel as if you are on a rock in the middle of the ocean (or maybe a boat). The cliffs are steep, the ocean is pounding below, the wind is strong and there are few lights around to pollute the night sky.

1 comment:

  1. Sarah,
    Great birthday video. It took some time to load, but you did a good job and the kids were great. 48 degrees here this morning, nice day though. I liked your picture of the sun and dust.