California’s calamitous drought drags on
It’s dry in California - historically dry. Water is in short supply, the air is noticeably without moisture, farms are parched and just look at the photo above of the state’s dwindling snow cover. It pretty much speaks for itself.
Meanwhile, various interests are turning to the political realm to try and ensure they get theirs when it comes to H2O.
And the drought has been particularly harsh on agriculture:
Ranchers have begun liquidating herds. Growers are considering tearing out thirsty tree crops such as nut orchards and citrus groves. And tens of thousands of additional acres of prime California soil could go unplanted if farmers don’t get enough water to irrigate them.
Read more on the drought’s effect on California here.
Photos: David McNew / Getty Images, Frederic J. Brown / Associated Press, NOAA, Randall Benton / Los Angeles Times
This is getting pretty scary. The big river where I ride my bike is almost completely dried in some places, stinking of dead fish and rot. Our big local lake, which was already low last year, is now so low that you can walk across the lake bed in some areas. We were flying back home from vacation last week, and there was hardly any snow on any of the mountains, and all the lakes and rivers were visibly, scarily low. We’ve had droughts in the past, but I don’t remember it being this bad before.
PS, From what I can tell, our drought sounds like it’s connected to all the unusually cold and icy weather in the east coast of the US. A high pressure system, caused by abnormal high water temperatures off the west coast, pushed all of the west coast’s usual storm systems up north where they then hurled down all their moisture in the form of freezing ice and snow on the rest of the country. It’s been crappy for everyone.
This elderly couple took a photo in their small garden outside their house for every season of the year, come rain, snow or shine.
They stood in the same spot for every season and showed off their beautiful little garden, which they were obviously very proud of.
I’m mesmerized by these wonderful pictures. Many emotions to be felt.
15 minute sketch for #Wizarding Wednesday. Master has given Dobby a sock!
100 things I love*
leather & wool
white sheets (crisp)
printing with colin
mom & dad
the smell of horses
pretty book covers
pretty baked goods
falling in love
knowing the answer
being at home
learning new things
doing things myself
ghost paint signs on buildings
accents & dialects
old theaters with chandeliers and heavy velvet curtains
discovering new music
punching down bread dough
golden harvest haze
first day of school feeling
the sacred silence and smell of old churches
*in no particular order. Because sometimes its good to make a list.
Sheen by Greg Coulton
"After producing ‘Mortlake’ a few of my neighbours in the nearby suburb of ‘Sheen’ asked if I could produce something for them.
The piece is a historical celebration of the area, featuring details and iconography to depict its illustrious past.”
BILL WATTERSON ‘A cartoonist’s advice’
"Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake."
I’ve always had a hard time shaking the Protestant-work-ethic-guilt feeling that I must be lazy for having done exactly that.
New poster promoting Good Night, Gold Dust’s August Schedule
I hope you like this thing I made.
I hate drawing clouds, but I love drawing car crashes.
100 Abandoned Houses
“100 seemed like a lot, although the number of abandoned houses in Detroit is more like 12,000. Encompassing an area of over 138 square miles, Detroit has enough room to hold the land mass of San Francisco, Boston, and Manhattan Island, yet the population has fallen from close to 2 million citizens, to most likely less than 800,000. With such a dramatic decline, the abandoned house problem is not likely to go away any time soon.”