Last Call for the Bayou: On a Wing and a Prayer
Aerial landscape photographer Ben Depp documents Louisiana's disappearing Mississippi River Delta from above, in motorized paraglider. His focus is the barrier islands, a thin chain of sandy islands that provide habitat for migratory birds and protect coastal communities against storm and tidal flooding. Unfortunately, the islands are eroding at a rapid rate, putting the coast at risk. Ben's images serve as a memorial to this vanishing landscape, documenting restoration efforts that may turn the tide and setbacks that may sink the region.