Photos: Iowa River Expedition, Days 21-27

Ryan Adams, Photojournalist

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  • Daily Iowan Photojournalist Ryan Adams’ kayak sits on an island in the main channel of the Iowa River south of Columbus Junction on June 14, 2019. After the Cedar River joins the Iowa River, the river becomes wide enough that vegetated islands begin to form in the middle.

  • A cornfield sits on the side of the river bank of the Iowa River south of Iowa City on June 13, 2019. The divide between a lighter and darker shades on the corn stalks identify where recent flood waters crested.

  • Daily Iowan Photojournalist Ryan Adams paddles out toward the main channel of the Iowa River on June 15, 2019. Adams finished his 329 expedition last Saturday at the Mississippi River.

  • A crumpled canoe sits upright in the waters of the Iowa River south of Iowa City on June 12, 2019. The Iowa River United States Geological Survey gauge captured a flow of 10,800 cubic feet per second on June 15.

  • Cliff swallows fly near a bridge where they built their nests near Hills, Iowa on June 12, 2019. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, cliff swallows group together in populations of as many as 6,000 nests.

  • Vintage vehicles lay embedded into the riverbank of the Iowa River south of Riverside, Iowa on June 13, 2019. In efforts to reduce riverbank erosion, vehicles are sometimes placed on the shore.

  • Cornstalks lean against one another in a flooded cornfield south of Iowa City on June 12, 2019. With elevated river levels, many cornfields were partially flooded.

  • A cardinal perches in a tree in a tributary of the Iowa River south of Riverside, Iowa on June 13, 2019.

  • A large sandbar sits on the north bank of the Iowa River south of Riverside, Iowa on June 13, 2019. This sandbar was the first Photojournalist Ryan Adams saw above water since starting his expedition of the Iowa River on May 20, 2019.

  • A False Map Turtle jumps into the Iowa River south of Riverside, Iowa on June 13, 2019. Logs along the banks of Iowa Rivers are ideal locations to spot turtles during sunny days.

  • The eggs of a softshell turtle lay abandoned on a sandbar along the Iowa River on June 13, 2019. Since the eggs typically hatch in September, it is likely an animal dug the eggs out of their nest and ate them.

  • A Bald Eagle spreads its wings on the banks of the Iowa River on May 13, 2019. Bald Eagles commonly build nests near bodies of water, making easier to access prey such as fish.

  • Cows stand along the Iowa River as they graze south of Riverside, Iowa on May 13, 2019. According to the Iowa Beef Industry Council, Iowa ranks eighth in terms of number of cattle and calves.

  • The confluence of the Iowa River meets the Mississippi River near New Boston, Illinois on June 15, 2019. This spot indicates the end of the 329-mile Iowa River.

  • Daily Iowan Photojournalist Ryan Adams enjoys a glass of sparkling grape juice in celebration of the end of his 329-mile expedition of the Iowa River. Adams spent 27 days on-and-off the river dedicated to researching nutrient levels, interviewing people, and documenting his journey.

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