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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 […]

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Roaming Parkers 2018-2019 Travel writing

After we got back from Kilimanjaro in January 2018, we declared that our next several destinations would have to be tropical, sea-level, and flat – so we started brainstorming destinations based on those criteria. But, as usual, we didn’t do too good with those criteria. In fact, we […]

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 […]

Lavender spiders

This year the wildflowers have been spectacular already – and it is just barely past Easter. Roadsides are covered with purple, red, and white clover. if you miss a spot in your yard while mowing, you are liable to see tiny veronica, bright oxalis, and the everpresent crowpoison. […]

Fort Vancouver

Starting in the late 1600’s, the Hudson Bay Company was commissioned by King Charles II to explore, administer, and find ways to exploit much of North America.  Their domain was defined to be the entire drainage basin of the Hudson Bay (most of eastern and central present-day Canada) but […]