Goin' down South...for a little while.

I arrived in the Southern States last Thursday, landing in Baton Rouge to attend the Louisiana book festival over the weekend, before heading North up Highway 61 to Mississippi, where I will be spending the majority of my 3 month stay to work on my project in Clarksdale. This is now my third trip in just over a year, and it feels good to be here for a while this time. Here's a few photos from the past week as a little taster of some of the places I've been to/things I've seen...

 Storm approaching the Baton Rouge Hilton, with the mighty Mississippi River behind.

Storm approaching the Baton Rouge Hilton, with the mighty Mississippi River behind.

 Fire hydrant, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

Fire hydrant, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

Driving North through Mississippi to Clarksdale on Monday, I stopped at Onward, the birthplace of the Teddy Bear, where in 1902, ex United States President Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt refused to shoot a captive bear at nearby Smedes Plantation. There is now a tourist welcome centre to mark this piece of history, as seems to be the case in much of Mississippi, a place where stories and legacy permeate all aspects of the landscape, which on the surface can often seem devoid of life.

 Onward, Mississippi, Highway 61.

Onward, Mississippi, Highway 61.

 Merigold, Mississippi. 

Merigold, Mississippi. 

 Po'Monkey's, Merigold, Mississippi. 

Po'Monkey's, Merigold, Mississippi. 

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