The magnitude of the drought in California is readily visible to anyone traveling by a lake or reservoir. With water levels at dramatic lows, there are opportunities for unique and (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime photographs. These photographs are both beautiful and tell the story of how dire the situation is. Javier Acosta was at the Don Edwards wildlife reservoir near Alviso, Calif., when he took this photo, and he submitted it to the Dry Assignment. "Don Edwards wildlife reservoir located in Alviso, CA is located minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley," Acosta writes. "With the recent drought here in CA, the conditions have made for awesome textures and patterns. On this evening, I noticed some monsoonal weather approaching, so I headed out to do some scouting. I found this pattern along a dried up water bed. I carefully walked along the dried up mud and captured a few frames." He used a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF17-40mm f/4L lens and an Induro tripod.
The Dry Assignment is open for submissions through March 4th.
Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Your Favorite Places and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage and several images from the Assignment Gallery are picked to be featured in The Best Of Assignments section in the print magazine. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.