Dry Season: The Texas Drought of 2011 – Collective Vision | Photoblog for the Austin American-Statesman

Dry Season: The Texas Drought of 2011 – Collective Vision | Photoblog for the Austin American-Statesman.

Dry Season: The Texas Drought of 2011

Photographs by Jay Janner

Story by Brenda Bell

Austin American-Statesman staff

The meanest drought in modern Texas history looks different out here, away from the cities.

There are no emerald swaths of St. Augustine lawns, no blooming shrubs, no misters cooling bar patrons as the sun goes down on another cloudless, 105-degree day. The disconnect between what rural Texans are experiencing and sheltered urbanites are seeing has never seemed greater.

Out here, the brutality of the drought is measured not in annoying water restrictions or water pipes bursting in the dessicated ground — all now commonplace in Texas cities and towns — but threatened livelihoods, and the waning of life itself.

Livestock and agricultural losses are already estimated at $5.2 billion, and expected to rise. Stock tanks have dried up, hungry cattle are being rushed to market, crops plowed under. Wildfires have torched more than 3.4 million acres; deer are abandoning their young; oak trees that have weathered many a hot summer are fading.

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Read the full story and see the pictures here: The Austin-American Statesman

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