I have some picture heavy pieces for you this Monday morning!
First, the difference the drought in California’s made in just a few short years:
The images below illustrate the severity of California’s drought with past and recent images from around the state, now in its fourth consecutive dry year.
Next, a pictorial essay on just how bad it is in the Colorado River Basin:
The West is running on empty.
For nearly 15 years, the Colorado River Basin has been plagued by drought. Stretching from the Rockies to southern Arizona, the basin provides water for more than 40 million people in California and the Southwest through a series of reservoirs. But the water is disappearing… fast.
Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir in terms of capacity, dropped to its lowest levels since it was filled in the 1930s last year. Lake Powell, 180 miles upstream, is below 45 percent of capacity, and story-high “bathtub rings” — emblems of drastically low water levels — are now a permanent fixture.
Finally, a picture of an awesome tree in one of the most awesome places on the planet, imo:
It takes a special kind of tree to have a nickname.
“The President” is one of those trees. The giant sequoia stands 247 feet tall, measures 45,000 cubic feet in volume, and is an estimated 3,200 years old.
So how you doin’? 😀