National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is the founder of Photo Ark, an effort to take portraits of every species on Earth living in the world’s zoos and other protected areas, to inspire people to save these animals before they are extinct.
He suffered from a sense of failure because things which had started out so happily had ended so sadly. Apparently, facts were facts and nothing could change them. He felt doomed to mourn for a very long time.
In the 1870s, spectacular rains began to fall on the Western Plains, turning a dry region then named "the Great American Desert" to gorgeous green. Thousands of young homesteaders rushed west to raise crops and families, convinced by a humdinger alternative fact: "Rain Follows the Plow."