You know that saying: Everyone’s talking about the weather? Well, these days people really are talking about the weather, but in much more urgent tones. There’s also another saying: A picture is worth a thousand words. And in this case, drone photos showing the results of what many scientists believe is climate change in California are shocking.

This story comes to us via the Los Angeles Times. Staff photographer Brian van der Brug took up a drone to document the current state of California’s reservoirs. As you may have heard, they are at very low levels. And the photos you’re about to see truly drive that truth home.

Let’s take a look.

Bone dry

Reservoirs are hugely important for California’s water supply. But the levels are exceedingly low this year. As of Monday, reports the LA Times, the state’s largest reservoir – Lake Shasta – was at 35% of its capacity. The newspaper quoted expert Jeffrey Mount, senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of…