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10 June 2007 @ 11:44 am
When the night came again it was black night, for the stars could not pierce the dust to get down  
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In the roads where the teams moved, where the wheels milled the ground and the hooves of the horses beat the ground, the dirt crust broke and the dust formed. Every moving thing lifted the dust into the air: a walking man lifted a thin layer as high as his waist, and a wagon lifted the dust as high as the fence tops, and an automobile boiled a cloud behind it. The dust was long in settling back again.

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The dust from the roads fluffed up and spread out and fell on the weeds beside the fields, and fell into the fields a little way. Now the wind grew strong and hard and it worked at the rain crust in the corn fields. Little by little the sky was darkened by the mixing dust, and the wind felt over the earth, loosened the dust, and carried it away. The wind grew stronger. The rain crust broke and the dust lifted up out of the fields and drove gray plumes into the air like sluggish smoke.

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When the night came again it was black night, for the stars could not pierce the dust to get down, and the window lights could not even spread beyond their own yards. Now the dust was evenly mixed with the air...Houses were shut tight, and cloths wedged around doors and windows...In the morning the dust hung like fog, and the sun was as red as ripe new blood.

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In the morning the dust hung like fog, and the sun was as red as ripe new blood. All day the dust sifted down from the sky, and the next day it sifted down. An even blanket covered the earth. It settled on the corn, piled up on the tops of the fence posts, piled up on the wires; it settled on roofs, blanketed the weeds and trees.

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-John Steinbeck, in The Grapes of Wrath

That was about Oklahoma. This pic is from Salinas Valley, of East of Eden and others.

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lazy_strokes on June 12th, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
were u on a plane? Or a higher plane? Damn Steinbeck! He writes so good!
nandananandana on June 17th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
yeah I took it from a height. A fast moving train.
geoterrapin_flyer on July 13th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
Now Tom said "Mom, wherever there's a cop beatin' a guy
Wherever a hungry newborn baby cries
Where there's a fight 'gainst the blood and hatred in the air
Look for me Mom I'll be there
Wherever there's somebody fightin' for a place to stand
Or decent job or a helpin' hand
Wherever somebody's strugglin' to be free
Look in their eyes Mom you'll see me."
That's Springsteen quoting form the book. Woody Guthrie wrote a whole bunch of songs about the Dust Bowl, and on the novel - Tom Joad, Pretty Boy Floyd etc. I'm waiting to pick them up at the library. :)
nandananandana on July 22nd, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
wow..

Cannery Row enthai
geoterrapin_flyer on July 22nd, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
grapes of wrath theerthu. ini entha?
nandananandana on July 22nd, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)