After the flood

Today was gray and wet, thick with clouds and a cold wind from the north. It seemed the perfect day to spend some time exploring what was left behind when the Missouri River subsided after three months of record flooding. I found gravel roads turned into little more than thick, gray mud and abandoned homes littered with no trespassing signs. The landscape in the floodplain west of Crescent, Iowa is a bit eerie to drive through, especially in dreary weather like this. Everything is dead, whether from the long winter or the brackish sludge left behind by the retreating water.

Unfortunately, the light mist slowly became a steady rain and cut my afternoon short before too long.