Lewis and Clark Monument Park overlook

Posted by
karla (Omaha, United States) on 30 October 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

Just another view, more straight on, over the airport's southern runway system towards the west. See the road where the trucks are? And the giant sandbar just in front of the road that runs along the roadbed? All that was under water during the flooding, including the now marshy area that is part of Big Lake Park meadow in yesterday's post. I presume that one can see waterlines on the tree trunks along that route. See also on the left/middle edge, trees growing on high sandbars? Yes, those sandbars were also submerged knee-deep in flood water. The brownish vegetation on the bottom edge of the image is oak tree leaves. I.m not sure what the yellow-leaved trees are. Next we will see other aspects of this little park, including vegetation along a little trail leading from the monument.

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Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

Thank you for the information - it must have been scary. Before I read your caption I thought it was a river... What a beautiful view. I like the horizontal lines and layers. Great perspective with the cityscape in the distance.

30 Oct 2011 6:20am

@Anina Botes: It was scary indeed for so many people who live near the river, all along its length all the way into Kansas. Thank you so much for your comments!

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I really like all the different layers of colors and textures here... Nice capture ! Have a lovely sunday :)

30 Oct 2011 8:34am

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

The juxtaposition of nature and urban settlement in your photograph is truly interesting. I find the highway in the river valley completely out of place. Why oh why there?

30 Oct 2011 8:41am

@Arnd: So true!!! Why there. Because we get complacent, I think. After decades of no flooding, and levees in place, we humans thing the ultimate flooding will never happen. And also that was such a nice flat area to build a road. There is another one up higher and far behind where the overlook is--no flooding up there! ;)

L'Angevine from Angers, France

le sable a la même couleur que la route!!!

30 Oct 2011 9:08am

@L'Angevine: Yes, the sand is the same color! The road is hard to see and the only hint is the cars and trucks along the route. I think the sunlight affected the colors. Thank you for visiting here and commenting!!

Billy boy from Twilika, United Kingdom

Another fine shot of this interesting area. I'm always surprised by how wide floods are in that part of the country. Rivers can change their courses considerably under those conditions. Nice post.

30 Oct 2011 2:46pm

@Billy boy: They do change their course immensely, especially the Missouri due to its strength and the width of its original flood plain. We humans tend to get complacent about it, too, if there is no bad flood event for decades. Thanks for your visit and comment!

Don from Spokane, United States

A great shot across the sand bars and river toward the city. These rivers in the flatter areas tend to spread out. Nice shot of this one.

30 Oct 2011 9:04pm

@Don: They sure do spread out, and too many want to contain them to be able to build on their flood plains. Go fight Mother Nature, right? :))) It's been an "interesting", though awful for so many, experience this year. A lot of people are not happy with the Army Corps of Engineers and the statistical manual they are using.

Jac from Alfena, Portugal

great shot!!!

30 Oct 2011 9:08pm

@Jac: Thanks for stopping here and leaving a comment, Jac! Your blog has a great variety of lovely images! I will be taking more of a look.

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

The sand bar is part of the flood plain, I presume?

31 Oct 2011 12:59am

@Julie L. Brown: I think it is now! :-) Before the flood one could only see green vegetation. Reports are that the pelican migration is having a field day, so to speak, feeding on fish left behind in pools when the water receded. The area in this image either was behind a levee that this year gave way or the flood water was so high that it overran the levee and roadbed protection. The road that you see is built up much higher than the River, almost a levee in itself. The river is on the other side of the road, but separated from the roadbed by another strip of land (which was also flooded). The original flood plain of the Missouri does include all of this land (and probably the airport property, which is also behind a levee that held). The visible land (vs. river water coverage) historically would shift, depending on the flooding effects of the river through decades or centuries. The Missouri is a very strong and silt-laden river, picking up more soils and silt as it floods, and leaves much of this gritty stuff behind when it floods and recedes. The process changes where useable land is as it shifts it banks. The road you see in this image was covered over completely during the flooding, so a lot of sand washed over it and dropped onto this side of the roadbed, where we see it. A remarkable natural process, but of course humans thinks of building in any flat place, no matter the possible dangers.

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Great combination of tranquil and busy layers in this outstanding view!

31 Oct 2011 2:55pm

@Marleen: Thanks, Marleen. I love to hear how others see an image. I had not thought of "layers" but you are right.

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Karla, thanks for all of that information. I have never been to Omaha, and do not know anything about the river or the area. I think it is really interesting what the Army Corps of Engineers has done to control rivers in this country.

1 Nov 2011 12:02am

@Julie L. Brown: Thanks, Julie, for your comment and your interest. I have a good time looking up details. I am not originally from here, so much that I see lately is leading to me to broader knowledge. And, of course, this year's flooding was astronomical due to a rare late-Spring weather situation. I think for the most part, the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) does a good job. Flood control is difficult to manage, since one has to make an educated guess about how much water to store based on mountain snow levels, what's expected to melt, previous summer drought patterns, how much rain during both summer and fall, plus other factors, and then one has to also guess the future weather in the entire watershed. Mu understanding is that statistics are sent to Washington DC, where the manuals are developed. The manuals have the rules/regulations for local controls, and the local Corps must follow the manual. I have no idea how much experience comes into play. There is some talk about rewriting the manual, since it is old. For the most part, events along the river go smoothly. The ACE does not control all the levees--some are privately owned and maintained. Also, they have no control (I don't believe) over what gets built on flood plains.