My hospital room has a view of the Mississippi River. I can see the Huey P. Long bridge and various barges and tug boats along the riverside. In between the river and the hospital and the neighborhoods is a levee. Atop that levee, which looks like a big hill covered in grass, is a bike/pedestrian path. Phill rides along it to get to work. He'd told me about the rising river these past few weeks, but I'd yet to grasp what rising river meant. Now, seeing with my own eyes, I understand. Perhaps six feet or less from the bike path lies the overflow of the river. Amazing to see.
The above photo is a sepia-toned shot of the paddle-wheel boat Natchez, which is available for river cruises near the French Quarter.