Written by Mark River Photos © photographer/naturalist Keith Benoist Based in Clarksdale Mississippi, in the Yazoo Mississippi Delta, Mark River is chief guide and youth leader for the Quapaw Canoe Company, a valued partner of No Water No Life. Mark is also Southern Coordinator for the 1 Mississippi River Citizen Program which connects those who care about rivers with … Continue reading The Lower Mississippi’s Meanders
Written by Donna Bush Edited by Alison M Jones Images © Donna Bush This report on Mississippi River flooding in New Orleans follows last week's blog on flooding in Natchez MS, to which today's author Donna Bush also contributed. As a New Orleans freelance writer and photographer, Donna’s passions are focused on the environment, wildlife, … Continue reading Floods & The Bonnet Carre Spillway
By Alison M. Jones, Director of No Water No Life® and Professional Photographer As published by American Rivers in "The River Blog"-April 10, 2014 “But, what about the newly planted corn? I’ve seen how the Big Muddy can flood a field.” On a No Water No Life® expedition in the Mississippi Basin last year, I … Continue reading From the Mississippi’s 1993 Flood to Today
Tonight's full moon is known as the Full Wolf Moon. This name dates back to Native American tribes in the Northern and Eastern United States. According to the Farmer's Almanac, "Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled..." The wolf is a keystone species in our watersheds. This oft-maligned canine plays … Continue reading Full Wolf Moon Tonite! – HOWL!
I Was Made Erect and Lone I was made erect and lone And within me is the bone Still my vision will be clear Still my life will not be drear To the center all is near Where I sit there is my throne... Poem by Henry David Thoreau
As we've learned on expedition, paths will change, unexpected twists and turns are inevitable. Over time, the Mississippi River too, has changed its course, so beautifully depicted in Harold Fisk's hand-colored maps from 1944 in a report for the US Army Corps of Engineers. This twisted timeline of rainbow ribbons go as far back as … Continue reading Meander Scars of the Great Mississippi
On NWNL's Upper and Mid-Mississippi River Expedition this spring in Alton Illinois, we saw the following 1926 poem featured in signage at the National Great Rivers Museum (a Melvin Price Locks and Dam Rivers Project run by the US Army Corps of Engineers) "The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967) A … Continue reading A Rivers Poem for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington