Besides being an inspiration since man first explored her, the ancient Mississippi River is also a highway for many coal-carrying barges. For this recording my Zoom H4N was on the soft, powdery sandy bank about 60 feet from the river…you hear the gentle, but powerful thrumming of the giant diesel engines as a huge, 200 foot barge passes by. Some notable natural sounds are a very clear Red-Wing blackbird at 20 seconds in, and again at one mine in and again at one-minute 13 seconds into it. You hear a wonderful, clear splash at 27 seconds into as well. Recording made around 4PM on a warm -- 80 degrees -- June day. Close your eyes, dig into the powdery, soft sand of the Mississippi River bank and float away on a warm summer day.
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