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15 Powerful Photos Of The Texas Drought

Texas photographer Wyman Meinzer documented the devastation in the state following a months-long drought. These images, which he took starting last June, show a scary, near-apocalyptic world of people and animals desperate for a drop of rain. Warning: some of these are graphic.

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A tiny puddle of water offers a lethal enticement of relief for any large mammal that might pass nearby. Desperate animals who seek to quench their thirst are quickly mired in the near bottomless mud and soon perish in the 112 plus degree weather. Photograph by Wyman Meinzer

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A whitetail buck lies dead and decaying in this last vestige of water on a ranch in Baylor County, Texas. Despite the foul odor and contamination, cattle and other wild creatures flock to this water source to drink. Photograph by Wyman Meinzer

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A Common Roadrunner approaches the waterhole to drink.

"Often, after drinking, these inquisitive birds would walk within a few feet of my position and stop in the shade of my boots, no doubt seeking relief from the burning heat."

Photograph by Wyman Meinzer

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Coyote pups, only a few weeks of age, come to the dying stock tank to drink from the murky water. These predators stand with their legs splayed apart in order to remain on solid ground to prevent becoming mired in the mud.

Photograph by Wyman Meinzer

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As the sun begins its decent in the west, all species of game and domestic animals share the area around given water sources. Here a whitetail buck waits for the cover of darkness before approaching the water hole.

Photograph by Wyman Meinzer

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Once ranchers find cattle that might be mired helplessly in mud, ropes and chains are employed to pull the cattle free. Often many of these animals perish quite soon following their rescue and are dragged to a distant location to be left to the whims of roaming coyotes by nightfall.

Photograph by Wyman Meinzer

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Water holes become deadly quagmires for all living creatures. Here, within a few meters of a desiccated waterhole, the skeletal remains of a Hereford cow lies bleaching in the sun after hungry coyotes consumed all edible flesh from the emaciated carcus.

Photograph by Wyman Meinzer

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