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PHOTOS: Dhaka's Beautiful Blue Sky Briefly Takes Over Web

White patches of cloud are drifting in the sky.

White patches of cloud drifting in the sky. A lonely bird is flying. Image by Ashraful Alam, Baily Road, Dhaka. Used with permission.

The Bengali calendar is made up of six seasons, with two months comprising each season. Now is the Hemonto (হেমন্ত), or the dry season. During this season, the sky comes alive with vibrant color, from deep blues and pristine whites to the golden shades of dusk. Snowy patches of clouds hang overhead, and the sun warms the air.

Such was the scene on 17 November, 2013, with the striking beauty of the sky overwhelming the horizon above Bangladesh's capital city Dhaka. Talk of the stunning sight spread like wildfire on social media as netizens shared their beautiful images on Facebook and Twitter, some using the #Dhakasky hashtag. Even some newspapers featured them.

Journalist and blogger Simu Naser (@simunaser) wrote:

Oh no. Looking at newsfeeds, it seems everybody is watching the sky leaving all their work. This is good.

Torongo (@ttorongo) said:

I was amazed by the sky in the afternoon, it was a combination of blue and white stretching to the horizon. Now it seems that everybody's noticing it. Even saw the #Dhakasky hashtag.

Shafiul Alam (@shafiulnub) appreciated the moon too:

During the day, the sky was beautiful, now the moon is stealing the show.

Atif M Safi tweeted an Instagram photo of the sunset:

Others also shared photos of the sky on Twitter:

Many users uploaded pictures of the #Dhakasky. Global Voices republishes some with permission:

Nice cumulonimbus cloud, ideal for kite flying. Image by Tanmoy Kairy, Dhanmondi, Dhaka.

Nice cumulonimbus cloud, ideal for kite flying. Image by Tanmoy Kairy, Dhanmondi, Dhaka.

The sky at home. Image by ahmedur Rashid Tutul.

The sky at home. Image by ahmedur Rashid Tutul.

Who has floated the white cloud boats in the sky?

Who has floated the white cloud boats in the sky? Image by Suronjona Haque.

গোধূলী রং লেগেছে আকাশের গায়ে। ছবি তুলেছেন হাসান আহমেদ খান। মিরপুর, ঢাকা।

The color of dusk on the sky. Image by Hasan Ahmed Khan. Mirpur, Dhaka

নানা রঙে সেজেছে আকাশ আজ! ছবি তুলেছেন মঞ্জু আহমেদ।

The sky has colored itself. Image by Manju Ahmed. Mohammadpur, Dhaka.

On YouTube, Abhie Zibran shared a video of the sky:

  • Solana Larsen

    Beautiful!

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