A set of rare and beautiful images resulting from the first snowfall in the Sahara desert for nearly 40 years have surfaced online.
Amateur photographer, Karim Bouchetata took the photos of the scene in a small Algerian town which is located on the northern edge of the desert.
In the pictures, a thin layer of snow can be seen resting on the deep orange dunes where it laid for about a day. This formed some whirling patterns that are beautiful to behold.
The photographer said, “Everyone was stunned to see snow falling in the desert, it is such a rare occurrence. It looked amazing as the snow settled on the sand and made a great set of photos.”
Snow was last seen in the area in 1979 when a half-hour snowstorm stopped traffic.
Check out the stunning video of another snow-covered desert.