Drought at Grant Lake, California

March 06, 2015

Grant Lake CA EPOD

Photographer: John Kupersmith
Summary Author: John Kupersmith

Grant Lake is the largest of four lakes along the June Lake Loop road south of Lee Vining, California. It lies at the junction between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Great Basin desert. The low water level shows the effect of several years of drought. All counties in California, along with large areas of neighboring states, have been designated as Natural Disaster Areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Though recent rains have helped ease the unusually dry conditions somewhat, as of mid February 2015, severe drought persists according to the U.S. Drought Monitor network. Sierra snowpacks remain much below normal. Photo taken February 3, 2015.

Photo details: Camera Maker: SONY; Camera Model: DSC-RX100M2; Lens: 10.4-37.1 mm f/1.8-4.9; Focal Length: 37.1mm (35mm equivalent: 100mm); Digital Zoom: 1.625x; Aperture: ƒ/5.6; Exposure Time: 0.0080 s (1/125); ISO equiv: 160; Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7 (Macintosh).