To Live Forever Tour Stop: Ross Barnett Reservoir

The continuing adventures of The Accidental Cootchie Mama

The Accidental Cootchie Mama

When Em and Merry flee a certain mode of transportation in the rain, they find themselves on the shores of the Ross Barnett Reservoir. 33,000 acres of water. A full eight miles of Natchez Trace along its banks.

I was lucky enough to walk its length in daylight. No rain. Majestic herons flew along its shoreline, while geese lounged on one bank. I asked several folks if they had any luck with fishing, and I marveled at power boats that disappeared on the horizon.

While Em and Merry skirt the lake in record time, it took me several hours to walk its length. I listened to their voices splash with the waves. And I breathed deep. I even paused to survey all that glorious water.

I wasn’t running from anyone. Maybe that’s why walking The Rez was one of my most peaceful days on the Natchez Trace.

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3-4-14 Not All Plans Work

I went to an all day seminar on Photoshop at the Javits Center today. The Javits is New York’s convention center and it is one of the more unloved buildings in the city. It is way too small to be a convention center in a city of 8 million people, one of whose major industries is tourism. It is unattractive, badly designed and not well staffed. It is on 12th Avenue and overlooks The Hudson River.

The seminar was good and when we broke for lunch I figured I would wander the center and find some interesting angles to shoot the river. Get a new perspective on my old friend. After wandering for about 20 minutes and asking several staff, it turned out that there was only one place in the entire building that had a river view you did not need to pay for and it was covered with screens.

Sigh. I walked the block to the river to eat my dirty dog and commune with the water.



And here is a link to pictures of Andra’s Natchez Trace walk today.



2-28-14 Travel Challenge Weekly Photo Theme

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

Leonardo Da Vinci

“Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what’s going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?”
Will Rogers

Ailsa and The Weekly Photo Challenge folk sometimes run along very parallel tracks.  This week Ailsa picked the theme of ‘ancient’ and the Weekly Photo Challenge is ‘abandoned’. Kinda the way I’m feeling tonight… 


The first choice fits ancient a bit more than abandoned but both fit.  This is the old Roman Cistern in Istanbul.

Roman Cistern-1Of this next photograph, nothing exists any more except the mindsets of the glorious leaders who produce it. The Berlin WallBerlin Wall

Before I close with other folk’s variations on these themes a  SHOUTOUT to my friend, Andra Watkins, The Accidental Cootchie Mama, who begins her 444 mile walk of The Natchez Trace (which is also ancient if not abandoned) tomorrow morning in support of her new book 

To-Live-ForeverI may be breaking the embargo on publicizing this by four or so hours but I don’t care. It is a hell of a book which you should read immediately and a hell of an adventure she is about to embark upon.    

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