Wildfires, parched pastures, evaporating lakesâ€”we all have our own experience of the drought thatâ€™s been plaguing Texas in recent years. A photo exhibit on display this week at the State Capitol shares new perspectives from citizens across the state.
Dry lake bed at Lake Meredith. Photo Â© Kent Satterwhite.
The Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Water Development Board, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are showcasing the photographs as part of their â€œWhat does your Texas drought look like?â€ campaign.
The exhibit opened Monday and continues through Friday in the Capitolâ€™s 2nd Floor Extension, Central Gallery.
Despite recent rainfall in much of the state, 62 percent of Texas remains in drought and another 24 percent is â€œabnormally dry,â€ according to the federal governmentâ€™s U.S. Drought Monitor.
The exhibit includes some of the hundreds of images that people across Texas shared via Flickr, Instagram, and Twitter as part of the agenciesâ€™ photo project. You can see some of the photos on the projectâ€™s Flickr page.
â€œThe project has created a historical record of the drought, and represents both water supply deficits and the ways Texans deal with drought through conservation efforts,â€ according to a news release.
If we get the rainfall predicted this week, letâ€™s hope the exhibit stays up for another couple of weeks. It couldnâ€™t hurt.