Here are some pictures of our compound in northern Iraq when a sandstorm blew through one sunny afternoon. It looks like the surface of mars but this was about 2:30pm on a otherwise beautiful day.
We watched the sandstorm, also called a haboob in some regions of the Middle East, blow in from miles away. It was a huge wall of brown you could see coming over the horizon.
I saw another picture like this on the net that someone had taken in Western China. Most of the comments under the photo said things like, “This is obviously photoshopped”!