Rivers Run Dry…And Create Stunning “Trees” (Photos by Adriana Franco)

Rivers in the Desert of Baja California, Mexico (Adiana Franco via National Geographic)

Photographer Adriana Franco’s aerial shots of dried up rivers and their tributaries make for some stunning pictures indeed.  Her shots were selected last year as some of the best submitted to National Geographic’s online community, My Shot. (For more amazing aerial pictures of dead and drying up rivers, check out 8 Mighty Rivers Run Dry From Overuse)

Rivers in the Desert of Baja California, Mexico (Adiana Franco via National Geographic)

That these beautifully composed “trees” have come into being (in many cases) as a result of the overuse of water, and the demise of their systems, is a sad irony that casts a sense of foreboding over Franco’s work. Stark reality pressing through into the public’s consciousness through a striking piece of art, one that is both awe inspiring and disturbing.  One that is unlikely to be forgotten.

See more of Adriana Franco’s work from this series at National Geographic.