Indeed, after he posted them on Facebook they were viewed and shared around the world. Because aside from Bouchetata’s photographic skill, what they depicted was astounding. The pictures showed snow – yes, the cold, white stuff – covering the sands of one the hottest places on Earth.
The snow began falling just a week before Christmas, on December 19, 2016. And it topped the red dunes with a brilliant coat of icing for the first time since 1979.
But the entire spectacle was fleeting. Indeed, it was gone in just one day, melted by the return of the heat. Then, the desert reverted to its familiar rusty red hue once more.