The drought before and after

Just a few years ago, California seemed well on its way to becoming Mars thanks to a prolonged drought.

It started in January 2014 and didn’t really begin to ease until a year ago. Now, there are no areas of the state in drought, the first time that’s been the case since 2011.

Justin Sullivan, of Getty Images, recently returned to all of the spots he documented during the drought. His images show that nature is pretty grand, if occasionally unrelenting.

  • MrE85

    Feeling good for the Golden State.
    I recently saw some similar “before and after” photos showing the New York skyline before the Clean Air Act, and after. Like these photos, there was a dramatic difference.

  • Tyler

    Watch California and its neighboring states go back to wasting water now, and be “surprised” when that drought returns in a couple years.