I finally realized the severity of the news of the summer drought this year when we hit western Nebraska (it's difficult to see the effects of the drought in the city). Throughout NE, WY, CO, MT, ID, UT, NV, and even into CA the creek beds had been reduced to dry pathways. One of the largest and most dramatic indicators of the drought was the water level at Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins.
I can't complain about the beautiful colors at the reservoir though. Photos there always turn out great, whether it's rainy and foggy or sunny and bright.