Eager to catch a bit of the backroads, we left our cabin at Roosevelt State Park in Morton, Mississippi and headed northwest on Highway 481 towards Canton. There, we would be meet the Natchez Trace Parkway and take it down through Ridgeland and to Jackson. It turned out to be an awesome choice because we got to see the cotton fields, some harvested, others not quite ready, and to talk about the economy of this "former" Cotton Belt state.
The cotton flower- I picked a few for the kids and they noted how "hard" it was to remove the seeds.
A clue as to why this field had not been harvested- note the half-ripened cotton bolls.
This diagram of a cotton plant helped us visualize the plant standing alone.
We saw a white ibis at the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area near Canton.
As we pulled up to the Barnett Reservoir and hopped onto the Natchez Trace Parkway, we thought things couldn't get much prettier. But boy were we wrong....