(Maurepas Swamp, LA) I came upon the pictured river barge in a rural area about 40 miles upstream from New Orleans today. I found the rising morning fog to be a bit eerie, and the fact that I could not see any human inhabitants on the vessel made the scene even more mystifying.
In fact, other than the tour bus I was on, there was almost no sign of human activity in and around this stretch of the river. The lack of bird sounds and traffic noises made the scene appear almost apocalyptic as I stared down from a 20-foot levee onto the mighty, mighty Mississippi below me.
Cue the theme from Deliverance.