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Southern Shade

Figuring out what to grow in the shade is challenge enough. Throw in factors that affect southern gardeners, and the topic becomes as thorny as wild blackberry. Shade varies at different times of day, ...


Photographs by Melody Golding
Edited by Sally Pfister
Categories: Mississippi

Late in the summer of 2005 following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, a Vicksburg resident and noted photographer, Melody Golding, visited the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a Red Cross volunteer. Carrying ...

Wildflowers of Mississippi

By Stephen L. Timme
Categories: Mississippi

With its variety of habitats, Mississippi contains an especially rich and diverse set of native and naturalized flowering plants.

First published in 1989, this handy volume is the comprehensive, full-color ...

Green Seduction

Bill Streever has worked in almost every camp involved with the environment. He is a scientist who has worked in both public and private sectors. He brings that wide experience and the perspective of ...


Tracks is a pilgrimage into the wild, beautiful, and lonely places around us. Donald C. Jackson invites the reader to share the trail with him and discover connections to different vistas not only in the ...

Sharks, Skates, and Rays of the Gulf of Mexico

The cookie cutter shark lives in the deep Gulf, looks like an Italian sausage with bulging eyes, and glows in the dark. It feeds by attaching itself to a sperm whale and gnawing hunks of flesh.

Often ...

Drilling Ahead

The discovery of oil in Tinsley, Mississippi, in 1939 captivated the South and has deeply affected the region ever since. At the end of 1940, over 133 wells were flowing, and speculators were drilling ...

On Island Time

Tourists visit popular islands of the Caribbean by the planeload. What they don't see from their resort hotels are the hundreds of out-of-the-way, uninhabited islands sprinkled along the West Indies from ...

Horn of Plenty

By April Newlin
Photographs by Donald M. Bradburn
Categories: Mississippi

Several miles off the Mississippi coast, Horn Island rises out of the sea. A wilderness of slash pine, sea oats, and osprey, the barrier island stirs the imagination, nourishes the spirit, and challenges ...

Hurricane Camille

Nominated Best Nonfiction Book for 2004
—Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters

On August 17, 1969, Hurricane Camille roared out of the Gulf of Mexico and smashed into Mississippi's twenty-six miles ...