I’ve been coming here since they drained the lake, trying to get a handle on the project. It’s such a cumulative landscape, difficult to isolate what you are seeing in distinctly-portioned frames. I usually end up wandering in the alluvial fan, taking a few images of miniature silt canyons that have no scale or distinction.
I went back with a 5″x12″ banquet format camera yesterday, which made it a little easier getting an overview. There’s a fugitive sense of the current (pun intended) with this wider view, as the flow lines add a sense of both duration and endurance, if not permanence outright.
Just happened to check in at NASA’s Earth Observatory this evening and saw a familiar site selected as the image of the day. Here’s a link to the page where you can directly compare both images as an overlay- http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=78953
Top image is pre-river recovery program, bottom is post-dam removal. The silting is impressive, more post-holocaust than recovery. I’ve walked the drained lake bed a few times, and probably need to a few time more before it fully sinks in.
*photos and caption courtesy http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov