This is truly the end of the road. Well. Sorta. I always thought that River Road stuck close to the banks of the Mississippi River. I doesn’t. In some places it sort of peels away and becomes another name, all the while still running parallel to the river. Then at a place called the Bonnet Carre Spillway, it just stops. At least it does if you drive straight ahead. This picture is what you see. But, if you follow the road to the right and make a hard left hand turn you are back on it. Of course this little bit is either dirt, mud or under water if the river is too high and it needs to be drained off into Lake Ponchartrain. That last thing only happens about once a year when the river gets very high with snowmelt from the north.
I use that word with caution, you can drive around on dirt roads. You can actually drive all the way to Interstate 10 if you wish. People hunt down there. They fish. They do off roading. Maybe other stuff that I don’t want to know about. Or, you can make that hard left, drive through the dirt or mud and eventually reconnect to the paved portion of River Road and continue on your journey upriver. Or, downriver.
I didn’t know that.
For a long time I’ve been using Apple Maps. They still aren’t very accurate. But, Google Maps. That’s the one to use.
The picture. I made this picture just as that big huge storm was rolling in. No rain was falling when I arrived. By the time I left, buckets were pouring from the sky. At that time this place looked mysterious. Weird, Creepy. Like the start of some horror movie. At least, it felt that way to me. Feel, that’s what making pictures is all about for me these days. So, that’s how I made it in post production. I want you to feel what I felt.
I hope you feel something — anything — when you look at this picture.