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Lower Mississippi River Dispatch No. 360

Friday Sept 2, 2016, Clarksdale, MS -- Helena, AR

Explorations & Discoveries: "Please Touch"

Photo essay from recent canoe campout adventure on Mississippi River with 5th graders:

Recognize what is in front of your face, and

What is concealed will be revealed to you...

For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed

- The Gospel of Thomas (4)

But wait a minute! How did this journey begin?
Like all of our journeys, it began on the water's edge:

Carry the canoe to the river...

Load up...

And head downstream.

When you hit an obstacle you might have to climb...

And jump off!

Splash down!

Exploration sometimes makes you hungry...

Lunch time!

And desert.

Some girls rescued this monarch from the water, and gave it a slice of watermelon. It uncurled its tongue and refreshed itself.

We revisited Fawn Island where a mysterious vine is taking over the understory.

We pressed samples to send to the herbariums at Ole Miss and the University of Memphis for identification. (PS: stay tuned! We will share the ID when it comes back to us.)

Heading back to camp, tired but inspired.

Exploration of wild landscapes helps open the imagination...

with new colors, patterns, aromas, and visions...

Leading to greater understanding...

of the world and your place in it.

The Lower Mississippi River Dispatch

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The Lower Mississippi River Foundation

Note: All photos (c) 2016 John Ruskey, Lower Mississippi River Foundation. Please feel free to download and share, but if you do please credit accordingly. Thank you and may the river be with you!