The sky which was heavily overcast for the last two days and the clouds that were continuously raining, graciously gave way for the sun to shine and provide a glimpse of the much wanted last sunset of the year 2010. Like many photographers and sky-gazers, I also went out to preserve the red glowing star going down in the horizon, taking with along many laughter and tears forever.
Sandwiched between the two solar eclipses, the year 2010 finally bid farewell to us with its last sunset of the year. The first lunar eclipse right on the first day of the 2010 did not prove as a good omen as soon afterwards, a deadly and devastating calamity hit Haiti that claimed more than 100,000 lives and left 300,000 wounded. It was with this sad news that 2010 dawned. But as if this was not enough.
The Iceland’s volcanic eruptions that started somewhere in April, finally came to a halt in October, though not causing major casualties. The Gulf of Mexico oil spill threatened marine life and ecology and is considered as largest oil spills of all times.
The flash floods that hit Pakistan in third week of July, continued to wreak havouc throughout the length of Pakistan from Swat and Nowshera in the north, DG Khan and Multan in the central Punjab, Dadu, Larkana in Sind before dumping its muddy waters into the Arabian Sea somewhere in August. The onslaught continued its devastations for almost a month, displacing and affecting some 20 million people. Although the death toll was less than 2000, there was a large scale devastation of houses, infrastructure, electric poles, bridges and roads. Even after four months, many areas are still inundated and remain impassable for the displaced people to go back and rebuild from the start.
Photo Sunset by Jala lHB