Photo Images After The Flood of the Mississippi River 2011 by John Ruskey and The Delta Bohemian PLUS Poor William swims The Great Divide

POOR WILLIAM SWIMS THE GREAT DIVIDE - LEFTOVER BY THE FLOOD OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER 2011

The Great Divide - remnants of the Great Flood of 2011

The Great Divide – remnants of the Great Flood of 2011

PHOTOS AND VIDEO
FROM DRIFTWOOD JOHNNIE (aka John Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe Company)

“Last week the river dropped below flood stage (44 in Helena) and the big sandbar islands started demonstrating their resilience in the face of the highest water on the biggest river in North America.

The wind shifted to a Northly breeze, perfect for a long run downstream.  I made a thirty mile canoe run and saw an amazing variety of creation — and destruction.

The bad news: a lot of man-made property is gone or severely compromised.

The good news: the trees and re-leafing and re-flowering and the animals are continuing their life cycles.  Even at this somewhat lower level the river is still exploding with all of its famous fury…

–Driftwood Johnnie

FROM THE DELTA BOHEMIAN

Poor William has done the unexpected again….

When Magical Madge and Poor William first witnessed a particular wheat field near Friars Point in Coahoma County several weeks after the floodwaters had receded from the Mississippi River Flood of 2011, they were astounded. The wheat field they had seen not more than 6 weeks prior had been under 15-20 feet of flood water and was now drained and abandoned by the river. She left in her vanished wake a field laid down, stripped and leached of it’s once fertile crop of wheat.

But the river didn’t stop there. It found a weak spot within the land and worked it’s way into it….digging and gouging out a crevasse which gave an illusion of a Mississippi Delta Grand Canyon of sorts.

The gouge was wide and it was deep and Poor William and Magical Madge wondered for a moment if they were somehow somewhere else because it felt like they were on the moon or some such strange place they had never been before.

No. Never had they seen the remnants left by a flooding and raging Mississippi River as they saw that day standing in the huge wheat field, now barren and also robbed of it’s fertile soil.

This Mississippi Delta mini Grand Canyon – or Great Divide – surely 200 yards across – was too tempting for Poor William. He had to swim across it! It took him a good 20 minutes or more to walk from one side of the crevasse around to the other, all the while tromping across the dry, prickly and dead wheat field.

As he descended down to the water’s edge, the Mississippi River water’s edge, now projectiled into the field, he began to wonder about what might lie in wait under the water before him.

Were there beds of water moccasins underneath the surface? Were alligators floating nearby, still and undetectable?

Thoughts and many more filled Poor William’s mind as he approached the water and put his feet in, cloaked in rubber garden shoes.

What happened next? Watch the Video and you will see.

But….what you won’t see are the thoughts of Poor William once he set out on his mission to swim across The Great Divide.

Stay tuned next week when Poor William will take you on a minute by minute regurgitation of his thoughts as he made his way across The Great Divide created by the Mississippi River Flood of 2011.

You will be amazed and you will understand and you will question – Why?

–by Magical Madge

To be continued…..

SPECIAL NOTE–Driftwood Johnnie (aka John Ruskey) regarding the pond Poor William swam in: “Some people say they’re called blue holes, because the ol’ muddy mississippi clears out in these isolated pools.  Other people say the term is “blew” holes, because they are formed by getting blown out during the high water.

Either way, a unique phenomena of our precious river!”

IT’S A BLUE BLEW HOLE!

WATCH THE VIDEO

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The Great Divide - remnants of the Great Flood of 2011

The Great Divide – remnants of the Great Flood of 2011

The Great Divide - remnants of the Great Flood of 2011

The Great Divide – remnants of the Great Flood of 2011

The Great Divide - remnants of the Great Flood of 2011

The Great Divide – remnants of the Great Flood of 2011

The Great Divide - remnants of the Great Flood of 2011

The Great Divide – remnants of the Great Flood of 2011

The Great Divide - remnants of the Great Flood of 2011

The Great Divide – remnants of the Great Flood of 2011

The Great Divide - remnants of the Great Flood of 2011

The Great Divide – remnants of the Great Flood of 2011

SO SORRY BUT SOMEHOW WE LOST MANY OF THE IMAGES  BELOW.

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Comments

  1. Driftwood Johnnie says:

    Bravo Billy & Madge! What did y’all do, stay up all night long putting this together?

    I’m sure y’all know, but Billy what you swam through is a newly formed “blue hole.” They are located all over the Mississippi Valley, some of them become spectacular swim places. Well, you demonstrated that, although it looks to me like you had too many clothes on!

    Some people say they’re called “blue holes,” because the ol’ muddy mississippi clears out in these isolated pools. Other people say the term is “blew” holes, because they are formed by getting blown out during the high water.

    Either way, a unique phenomena of our precious river!

    • Driftwood Johnnie, one of us stayed up all night and it was not Poor William–I am merely the big picture guy who spouts out ideas staccato and the Magical One makes it happen and sits at the computer for 24-hours straight. She is THE DELTA BOHEMIAN; I am merely a fat man with some kind of governor missing, and though I may swim a blue/blew hole, you my aquatic friend, are the one with the massive cajones who will swim in the river at crest! What a pleasure for Madge and I to be able to count you and Miss Sarah as our friends and our muses! Gracias mi amigos! Guillermo de Pobre

  2. Jane Tucker Bond says:

    I swear fo God Boy, you ain’t got a lick of sense! That Blue/blew hole is full of bug killer, cotton defoliant and god knows what else! If you are going to continue to misbehave you just need to remember that Magical Madge is going to look really fetchin in black one of these days when you are frozen nekkid in the snow, divin into water jest cause it is there and bein stuck in a hole in the ground you can’t get out of and wearin a suit!

    • i was thinking the same thing. be careful reporting all this stuff to us.

      have fun, hard to have fun and be careful. so be funful.

    • I love me some Jane Tucker Bond. Honey, sometimes a man gots ta do what a man’s gots ta do–do stuff just ’cause it’s there, but you get that. Now, I am waiting on the opportunity to send you a pepper; Madge says it’s okay! HA! 🙂 Come see us in the upper Delta sometime! Poor William

    • I love me some Jane Tucker Bond. Honey, sometimes a man gots ta do what a man’s gots ta do–do stuff just ’cause it’s there, but you get that. Now, I am waiting on the opportunity to send you a pepper; Madge says it’s okay! HA! Come see us in the upper Delta sometime! Poor William

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