this is a photo entry in:

Water   Return to contest page »

The 2015 photo contest has ended
Nose down for a drink

14

Nose down for a drink

There's a common assumption that--as temperatures rise and we divert more surface water and mine more groundwater in the West--desert plants and animals will simply adapt because "they're used to it." In fact, water is more precious to desert-adapted animals and plants, not less. Above, a Panamint rattlesnake (Crotalus stephensi) drinks water carefully gathered on flattened coils.

Photographer: Ceal Klingler