2012 Farmland Turned Desert After The Flood Page 2
I went here for the crazy wind blown sand thing, far too many times. In the process, I took out my Panasonic TM700 2 year old video camera. It's toast. 90% of the time now zooming engages focus. The zoom view gets stuck somewhere and all that changes is the focus for the bad lol. It's so stupid now. Then, I believe it was on the day of the image above, I more or less took out my Canon T2i DSLR. The shutter would get stuck and it would tell me to turn off the camera. It would take doing that and pushing the button several times to get the shutter down again, only for the next shot it to get stuck again. This stuff is better than water at finding ways into your camera. I eventually got it fixed with canned air. It took forever. I'd get it all good to go, clean the sensor and mirror. I'd then blow air in the card slot or the ports and bam, the mirror would have dust/sand all over it again. I eventually would just wipe the mirror off with my finger, then blast air in some port or crack again. Then wipe off the mirror again.
Then there is my 10-22 EF-s widen angle lens. You could really only get it to 12mm or 20mm and it wasn't easy to do that. It's all binded up with sand. The thing is, it surely gets in around the lens, where the lens moves in and out some at the end. If I had a damn filter on the whole time, I'd probably not have had the problem. I've gotten it back to a lot better again. The autofocus doesn't work though, but that's fine as it's dumb on a wide angle anyway and never was used. That focus wheel got stupidly stiff and stuck as well. It's better now though. Anyway, this sand screws things up in a hurry.
So I had no choice but to buy a new video camera. Then it was pretty cool this day(windy) and begging to have video shot of it. Of course I go and take the new video camera right back into it lol. A lot of camera gear pains have gone into these couple desert accounts. The new video camera immediately got dust inside the lens. That crap just goes in any sort of "opening" on the camera and is then stuck inside there, usually collecting on the back side glass of lenses. The next day I went to the camera shop and bought an overpriced 77mm filter and some rain bags. The headaches I'd have avoided had I done that first. I hated that video camera(TM700) to hell anyway, so I don't care it is toast now.
Gee I can't understand how sand and dust is screwing up my gear! And hell the gear is just one thing that pays for this. Eyes and lungs the other. I finally bought some swimming goggles and what a nice difference. The nights after doing this, you always end up with sand burgers, ear burgers and eye burgers. It's messed up just how much can collect in your ears. I've also screwed up my cell phone. Your pockets sit there and collect sand from the air, just like your ears do.
Randy for some scale and my flip flops. Evan was around somewhere. The tallest part was behind me a bit.
It's cool to see how these move in the wind. You get these frequent "avalanches" where the sand lets loose and falls. That of course builds up a new bottom. I must do a time lapse of the textures moving on the top. Has to look alive like water. I have 3 images that are 15-30 seconds apart and you can see them moving in that short of time.
Random corn stalk. I can only imagine what it was thinking when it poked its head out of the ground to see its surroundings.
This picture of newly tilled rows is more recent. They were disked the day I was there. In no time there's green in them now. I imagine it is corn since they seem that far apart. If it is corn, it's going to look so dang bizarre there soon. That would really put the sand photos in their context and place.
This was a damn windy day. Still though, there's not been those 60mph gust types of days since the stuff has gotten really dry. It is going to be highly messed up if that ever happens and it's not after a night of rain.
I keep hoping to get a mean looking line of storms come over the desert area when it is really dry. Instead I get a wet desert and pathetic lines of storms.
A bit of a different area down there. This day was damn windy out of the east, with a line of storms moving north. Video camera is setting basically on top of that buried fence line. That was the day that video camera died.
Randy for some scale on some of these waves of sand.