Here are some pictures of the drought on the Doubs in 2018. The photos were taken during a hike along the “river” to photograph the autumn colors in Switzerland.
The Franco-Swiss river, in 2018, saw its flow pass below the threshold limit, and the last great drought dates back to 1906. The temperature of the water is becoming critical for the fish, so much so that there may be no more fishing possible for at least 4 to 5 years.
The drought of summer does not end. In the Haut-Doubs, the landscapes have changed. The water has disappeared from the Doubs, Lac des Brenets (Swiss appellation) / Lac de Chaillexon (French name) basins, to name just a few. The vegetation even began to seize the dry bed of the Doubs, after 4 months of drought.
There is no longer a drop that falls from Le Saut du Doubs, only a few divers who enjoy the water still a few meters lower. Some boats still manage to navigate small portions of the river at the level of the Doubs Gorge, but most remain docked.
Here are some pictures to show you the magnitude of the disaster, although it is even more impressive to see it with your own eyes.
Brenets Lake / Chaillexon Lake, 2018 Doubs drought F8, 1/800 sec, 12 mm, ISO500, Canon EOS 7D
Boats at the dock, Brenets Lake / Chaillexon Lake F8, 1/2000 sec, 11 mm, ISO500, Canon EOS 7D
Doubs Gorges with almost no water anymore F8, 1/130 sec, 10 mm, ISO500, Canon EOS 7D
Water is missing in the Doubs Gorges F8, 1/1000 sec, 20 mm, ISO125, Canon EOS 7D
Brenets Lake, Doubs drought 2018 F8, 1/100 sec, 24 mm, ISO100, Canon EOS 7D
Only mud remains in some parts of the Doubs river F4, 1/8000 sec, 23 mm, ISO800, Canon EOS 7D Mark II
The Doubs Gorges in Autumn F8, 1/500 sec, 34 mm, ISO400, Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Near the Saut du Doubs (Doubs jump), the river has disappeared F8, 1/100 sec, 24 mm, ISO100, Canon EOS 7D
Bridge over the dry Doubs river F8, 1/50 sec, 10 mm, ISO100, Canon EOS 7D
Dry river, Doubs 2018 F11, 1/100 sec, 10 mm, ISO640, Canon EOS 7D
Dry river, Doubs, 2018. Autumn leaves. F11, 1/10 sec, 50 mm, ISO100, Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Cliff divers at Le Saut du Doubs F8, 1/2000 sec, 10 mm, ISO1600, Canon EOS 7D
Cliff diver in the air, Saut du Doubs (Doubs jump) F1.4, 1/3200 sec, 50 mm, ISO100, Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Drought of the Doubs in 2018 F1.6, 1/1250 sec, 50 mm, ISO100, Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Moss, dry algaes and rocks, but no water. Doubs drought 2018 F11, 1/30 sec, 50 mm, ISO100, Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Dry Doubs river F8, 1/1000 sec, 10 mm, ISO640, Canon EOS 7D
Lake of Moron, Doubs, Switzerland F8, 1/250 sec, 15 mm, ISO640, Canon EOS 7D
Autumn colors over Doubs Gorges F2.8, 1/1600 sec, 50 mm, ISO200, Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Lake of Moron's water level F4.5, 1/640 sec, 50 mm, ISO320, Canon EOS 7D Mark II
The Doubs river is a natural border between Switzerland and France F2.8, 1/640 sec, 50 mm, ISO200, Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Autumn colors are still amazing over the Doubs, despite the drought F10, 1/100 sec, 50 mm, ISO100, Canon EOS 7D Mark II
I can not really hope that you liked my photos of the drought in the Doubs in 2018, but rather that they showed you once again, the importance of preserving nature and not abusing its resources, especially during times of scarcity. It will take much more precipitation to catch up the accumulated backlog during this summer of 2018, particularly hot and dry.