From ground level, Australia’s drought looks like a featureless, brown dust bowl, but from the air it transforms into artistry of color and texture as the land cracks under a blazing sun. Circular dry plow tracks resemble the concentric circles in Aboriginal dot paintings that tell of an ancient mythology; starving cattle lining up for feed look like an abstract painting; and their black shadows stretching across the land create a surrealistic image. The worst drought in living memory is sweeping parts of eastern Australia, leaving farmers struggling to cope and many of them asking questions about the future.
A windmill and solar panels stand next to a dam in a drought-effected paddock on farmer Scott Cooper’s property named South Park located east of the town of Gunnedah, in New South Wales, Australia, July 21, 2018. (Photo by David Gray/Reuters)