Photos: California drought, then and now – from the San Jose Mercury News

California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared an end to the state’s water emergency following a five-year drought, thanks to a historically wet winter. Getty Images photographer Justin Sullivan recently revisited areas of California he photographed at the height of the drought, capturing the dramatic changes between the parched landscapes and lush greenery we are seeing today.

WOODACRE, CA - JULY 15, 2014: In this before-and-after composite image, (TOP PHOTO) Horses graze in a field of dead grass on July 15, 2014 in Woodacre, California. As the severe drought in California contiues to worsen, the State's landscape and many resident's lawns are turning brown due to lack of rain and the discontinuation of watering. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) WOODACRE, CA - APRIL 10, 2017: (BOTTOM PHOTO) Horses graze in a field on April 10, 2017 in Woodacre, California. Much of California's landscape has turned from brown to green as California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order Friday to lift the State's drought emergency in all but four counties. The drought emergency had been in place since 2014. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

JULY 15, 2014: (TOP PHOTO) Horses graze in a field of dead grass on July 15, 2014 in Woodacre, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
APRIL 10, 2017: (BOTTOM PHOTO) Horses graze in a field on April 10, 2017 in Woodacre, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

 

 

 

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One Response to Photos: California drought, then and now – from the San Jose Mercury News

  1. Troy Shea says:

    If photos of the pictured grasslands were taken on July 15 of this year they would not look much different from July 15, 2014. By July, the current green fields will be dead due to the phenology of the annual grasses that compose them. In order to make any comparison the photos should be from the same date rather than months apart.

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