Monday, March 24, 2008

Meriwether Lewis Goes Under

Our area is surrounded by rivers and this weekend the rivers were pretty darnn high. It's been in our national news, like this article from the New York Times. The picture in the Times article is in the suburb of Valley Park, along the Meramec River, a tributary of the Mississippi. My photos of that area will follow shortly. The Mississippi itself was on the cusp of flood level on Saturday. Downtown, just below Eads Bridge, is a statue of Lewis and Clark landing in St. Louis. This is how it looks at normal river level. As you can see, if this version of Meriwether Lewis were not made of bronze, the expedition would have gone no further. Nebraskans might yet be speaking French to their corn stalks.

TOMORROW: High water in Valley Park

10 comments:

oldmanlincoln said...

Wow. You got some deep water. This is an odd but compelling photography. I hope things dry out for you and your friends and neighbors. I hope you have a nice week.

Abraham Lincoln in Brookville, Ohio.

b.c. said...

that's an amazing photo--should be in the news! i hope the floodwaters have been receding in your area...

iBlowfish said...

I second that, that's an amazing shot!

Jana said...

Wow! Great photo! I hope your safe!

Ming the Merciless said...

Yes, I've been hearing & reading about the water levels on the Meramec River on the news.

The comparison between the two photos are quite surreal.

Ch√Ęteau-Gontierdailyphoto said...

Amazing shot.

Ben said...

Amazing shot. I hope all the flooding water will be settled soon.

Olivier said...

comme tout le monde : superbe photo, bravo
as everybody: superb photograph, bravo

Rambling Round said...

Hey, he needs you to swim over and get his hat so it doesn't get wet!
These are some really good shots.

Petrea said...

This one's going to win you a prize somewhere. Of course you have to enter it in something. Brilliant shot.