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10 naturalists who inspired me as a child

I’m starting a new feature for The Roaming Parkers blog – Top Ten Tuesdays. I figure to post simple top-10 lists related to travel, adventure, conservation, and food. I might add a sentence or two of commentary or I might not. Feel free to jump in with a […]

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Greece’s great martial history

The Roaming Parkers are Greece-bound! This fall we are headed to Athens for a couple of weeks and we are totally looking forward to exploring southern and eastern mainland areas! But why Greece? What put that idea in our heads? I could probably rattle off a dozen reasons […]

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 […]