Meandering through the Delta yet again


Since we are in the dead of winter, we can see some details of this abandoned farmhouse. This side, to the south, is hanging in there well. The north side of the house is progressing well to the final lost battle with gravity. It’s not good. It’s not bad. It is the result of prevailing economics that were not in its favor.


Click the pic for more winter pictures

Most folks who want to observe nature, take drives in the country, or just meander around, take a vacation from those activities in winter months. They are missing one act of the play. While greenery is beautiful in its verdant presentation, it serves to block out some nice natural details available only in its absence. Today we are looking at those details. Speaking of which, be sure and see the other pictures we took on this trip on the Photo of the Week page at Corndancer dot-com


It’s like a giant, lacy dry flower arrangement, but with the benefit of reflections. Prevailing earthy winter colors are accented with the details and specks of sky that Mother Nature presents here. Not available in about four three months or so.


Take and up close and personal look at some naked cypress trees in the watery environment they love. You can see the waterline from our last local deluge. Get a good look now because this view is not available during the “green” months.


Here’s another look at the cypress in this little bayou. Since there is no greenery, the reflections are dramatic.


Down here in LA, boys will be boys. Since this sign faces the long part of a “T,” the temptation is simply too great. Oh, and by the way, to the last shooter, probably two clicks down and two left clicks  should do the trick.

Thanks for looking and do yourself a favor, bundle up, get out and see the stuff that ain’t gon’ be there in a cuppla months.

Joe Dempsey,
Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind





2 Responses

  1. Brings back so many memories going south on highway 65 to our farm below McGee,I think it was the Belair area .My Grandfather owned a store called the Y were the road turned ,I think to Dermot.Stores long gone and the old home place is also. Shocked they made the movie “Mud” I thought it was great .We were always told to stay away from the “River Rats ” living in ramshackle house boats on the river near Arkansas City. Towns like Dumas don’t get too much recognition I suspect. My mom worked at one of the Japanese internment camps I think they used some of the buildings for several outbuildings at the “Y” after the war. My Grandfather Capt Jones was said to have some of the finest mules on that side of the river. My family pulled up stakes and moved to Bayonne NJ ,just across from NYC,talk about culture shock.I am proud to say the Delta is fundamental to who I am ,but spending about half my life north also had a certain richness .I don’t see how anyone could understand the Delta without living there,just my opinion. Your photos of the old Sharecropper homes really tell a story that is seared in my brain . Thanks for all the enjoyment you have given to me . Warmest Regards,Kevin Daly Osceola near Lexington Virginia

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Kevin, thanks for your kind words. I am not a native of the Delta, but have lived in the Delta since 1963. When I attended Ouachita Baptist College in the mid-fifties, I cultivated a friendship with some fellow students from McGehee and Arkansas city and at the time, I could not quite understand what was meant by their frequent mentions of living in the Delta. As you so accurately pointed out “I don’t see how anyone could understand the Delta without living there,just my opinion,” so now I know.

    I also did some articles on a remaining house on the Pickens Place at Pickens just south of Dumas which may interest you. Here are the links:

    Thanks for looking and thanks again for you response,

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