It's bad and getting worse according to Marion County nature photographer Brenda Casanova. The amateur shutterbug has been out documenting the drought that's been drying up Kansas. Her photos capture a crisis emerging as the water recedes.
"It reminds me of a movie--like Plant of the Apes or something," Casanova says.
Casanova's photos of local bodies of water including the Marion Reservior and Marion County Lake capture images she finds disturbing. She says she's also seen deer wandering the highways in search of water and worries about other wildlife dehydrating and and starving.
Storm Team 12 meteorologist Rondney Price says conditions haven't yet reached Dust Bowl levels, but says "it's certainly a bad situation, no doubt about it."
Price says South Central Kansas needs a nine to twelve-inch rain to quench the land. Meanwhile, Casanova sees Kansas drying up before her eyes.
"It's just our environment and what we've done to our environment that's causing the global warming," Casanova says.
She's wondering how much more dramatic and tragic her photos may look next spring if the weather doesn't get a lot wetter.