Drought in the lake

California currently experiences the most extreme drought in the history of the state. It is so dry that they started desalinating the water of the ocean on a large scale (an interesting newsflash I learned from CNN at the airport).

Tree roots and dry lake

Those sunny, hot days might be a blessing for tourists like me that have limited time to enjoy the beauty of the state, but all others the summer is slowly turning into a true hell.

Rock at Lake Jenkinson

The radio was reporting about the high forest fire risks in the mountains in the south of the state while I drove up to Jenkinson lake at the foothills of the Sierra.

Drought and tree stump

The waterlevel here immediately indicates that this lake also suffers from the drought. Snowfall, and hence spring flow, has been limited and rains has been low for at least 3 consecutive years.

Lake Jenkinson Californian drought

The drought cracks provide some interesting patterns for the camera, but for the plants in the forest around the lake, it is a real struggle.

Drought and drought lines

The pines seem pretty good at ignoring the poor conditions, though, but it is known those trees are impressive survivors. You should mark the ecological significance of that: with their roots, they might still be reaching nice, wet parts of the soil. They do not experience the worst elements of the drought like you would think at first sight. You might wanna keep that in mind next time you think about plants and their wonderful survival tricks.

Lake Tahoe

By the way, the little saplings do not have this developed root systems, so they might have big troubles germinating and growing. So growing possibilities are different at every life stage of the plant.

This entry was posted in USA and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s