Category: Nature

Pearl river – it’s kind of a big deal !

The Pearl River starts near Nanih Waiya, the legendary birthplace of the Choctaw nation in central Mississippi and runs southeast, gathering the waters of Strong river and Yockanookany before it flows through the Ross Barnett Reservoir and southward into Louisiana, where it subsumes the waters of the Bogue […]

The Mimosas of Quinlivan

I think it’d be pretty hard to drive around southwest Mississippi in early June and not see a Mimosa tree.  Each month seems to have its own distinctive flora, and in June, the peachy pink filamentous flowers are distinctive and the striking bipennate leaflets make the tree look […]

Ditch beauties

above photos courtesy Elise D. Parker – The Roaming Parkers This time of year, roadsides in southwest Mississippi are alive with wildflowers and one of my favorite of these is the spiderwort (Tradescantia) that graces our ditches and fencelines throughout April and May. There are two main species of […]

Roaming Parkers 2018-2019 Conservation Writing

During our second year of environmental conservation blogging here at Roaming Parkers, we focused on conservation education and saw some conservation wins. Conservation Education Conservation Wins Bogue Chitto & Pearl River Over the past year, we have concentrated our personal conservation service efforts on the Pearl and the […]

Minuit’s Giant Tulip Tree

There is an apocryphal story that in May of 1626, Dutch trader, Peter Minuit met with the Lenape Indians of Manhattan in the shade of a huge tulip tree (Liriodendron Tulipera) and traded them about $20 worth of beads and trinkets for all of Manhattan Island. Last time […]

Scouts turn back time

“Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold.” So says Irish poet, W.B. Yeats. That seems to be one of the major lessons in life – nothing will ever get better unless someone puts some energy and effort into making it better. Last summer I was chatting with my […]