2012 Farmland Turned Desert After The Flood

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Well after I did the first desert from the 2011 flood account, Boyer Chute finally opened, so I had some access to new areas. These aren't in any real particular order, as the eclipse wasn't the first thing shot. I actually shot the other blowing sand sunset there first and thought it would be a good place to do the eclipse. Well eclipse day I really could have used some blowing sand or clouds to tame the dang sun down.

And like the first other account of this(with more info) here: http://www.extremeinstability.com/2012aftertheflood.html these were taken north of Omaha Nebraska along the river, following the historic 2011 Missouri River flood. This above one here was in Boyer Chute NWR. I'm walking to that far treeline, which is the river, about a mile away. The area of trees over there were all messed up.

Here is an abandoned house near the entrance of the refuge, over a mile from the river. Lots and lots of sand drifting around things here. Cottonwood trees managed alright if their trunks didn't break in the flood. Others are rather dead now.

Destroyed shed behind the house with deep sand around it. Think what it must take to get this much sand out of the river and left in areas. Months of historic flooding.

Rolling deep drifts of sand looking back north at that same shed(right side).

Windy sunset. This should be full of crops. Instead ocean waves of sand.

From the top of this drift to where the field should be, is around 8 feet I'd guess.

People hear brief mentions of the big flood while it is happening and even those mentions were rather few and far between. Most don't hear or see how bad some areas have it now. I mean these images are a year after the flood started. That sand has blown back and forth over and over and really never going much of anywhere else. This irrigation pivot was away from the drifting areas. It think it was about a mile and a half from the river here.

Matt Lauer needs to do one of his "where in the world is Matt Lauer" deals from here. No one is going to guess the middle of a farm field in Nebraska. I still can't wrap my head around how this much sand gets dug up from the river bottom and left behind. Degree of flooding and time of flooding. Like mentioned on that other page. Dams from the 50s regulate the Missouri River. Previous record release rate was 77,000 cfs. This peaked at 160,000 cfs and was 150,000 cfs for months straight. That is mind boggling. Once in a lifetime scenes like what is there now is the result.

It's kinda crazy to me crops are now growing at the south end of this and also the east side toward the river. Then there's this huge stretch of THAT out there. I wonder what the plan is for it. The bill to move it would be too big. Yet it seems it would just blow into the crops if it's not moved. Then you'd have drifts of sand in the corn rows. Will be interesting. They only recently(end of May) disked it and planted around it. It took no time to start growing in the rows. It's going to look damn odd to have tall summer corn around this. Should be interesting.

This was a rather amazing sunset. Every other time I'd try for the wind blown dusty sunset, the winds would die off too much by sunset. Finally got it, more or less, this time.


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