As most of you know I am completely BERSERK over fishing....well berserk in general anyway! LOL! Well wouldn't ya know it we have had a ton of rain....in just two days alone we got 6 inches and that is just a drop in the bucket of what we have gotten in the past month so you can imagine what it has done to my recreational fishing spots! We went out Tuesday and Wednesday and took pictures of the flooding around us. My daughter and my two Grandsons accompanied us as well which is always fun. Even though the flooding around the Boone and Des Moines river valleys is pretty depressing we managed to get quite a few good laughs in as you will see in the photos below:
There is usually at least 20 feet from the bottom of this bridge to the Des Moines river when the water is at its normal levels
The picture below is our neighbor that lives right by the Des Moines river. In this shot the river had gone down because it was up to this sheds window and over his drive.
The next picture is the Des Moines river valley south of us by about 3 miles:
My daughter walked out near a field to take pictures of the flooding. This was a field next to the river and the tree line you see in the second shot is where the river is supposed to be.
The next pictures are of a Des Moines river town about 5 miles from us:
This is the road that takes you down into the valley before you come into town
Someone had a sense of humor...you will get a "kick" out of this next picture:
These pictures were taken from the bridge and are the old railroad piers that usually stick out of the water around 12 or 15 feet. One is almost completely underwater as you can see:
Little camera trickery here....my daughter acting up...wonder where she gets that???
Ok Ok so she is kneeling in the water but we laughed profusely..as if that wasn't enough...
To bad I didn't capture the laughter that was going on that one!
The following pictures are of the Boone river flooding. We live in the area where the Boone river empties into the Des Moines River...another great fishing spot foiled by the floods:
The area covered in water on the above picture is actually a soybean field under water. The tree line again marks the area where the river is supposed to be on the other side.
This is the road that takes you over the Boone River bridge....well usually anyway! LOL!
This was taken a day later when we could finally drive on the road to the Boone river bridge. The water level is usually 10 or 15 feet below the bridge and as you can see it is right up to the very bottom of the bridge. The other side shows all the debris washed up against the bridge from up river.
OH MY WHAT IS THIS???? Could it be Nessie?? Nope it is Boone river Bessie instead trying to scare my grandson as he peered out of the truck window with Papa's binoculars!
Talk about "wild america" WOW!!! This truly was not planned...my daughter was taking a picture of Jon as he was using the binoculars and being a big boy. She was about to snap the photo when I appeared....we laughed till we almost wet ourselves!
Thought I better throw in a beautiful nature shot of a couple of Pearl Crescent butterflies after that last scary shot!
Last but not least pictures of our infamous fishing area that I would have been sitting in my favorite fishing chair with my favorite fishing pole smoking my favorite fishing cigars with my favorite husband....alas all foiled again!
Note the sign posted for no hunting or trespassing...that is usually up on a tree about 4 or 5 feet above ground level!!!
The pictures above are in the area that we drive back to our favorite fishing spot. I don't know if you can see but I placed red text in the area where we normally fish.
Now for some beauty shots....
My Grandson Jon, wondering how he got hooked up with all these crazy people! LOL!
Cone flowers and Cloudless Sulphur butterflies enjoying the wet gravel road. At least someone is benefiting from all this flooding.
I am still not giving up hope though by golly...I am going to get some bait today and fish off the Boone River bridge...heck I guess I could fish right in the so called bean field. What would you call those fish....crop carp or bean bass??? Might as well laugh as cry huh??
A couple of my favorite fishing quotes:
I fish better with a lit cigar; some people fish better with talent.
~Nick Lyons, Bright Rivers, 1977
The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.
"SUCKER!!! HA!! You can't catch me!!!"