Portfolio > Oxbows, Bayous, Blues and places in between




During the winter of 2015-16 some thoughts came together; Thomas Cole’s famous painting, The Oxbow, as defining an emerging American approach to painting; Lucinda Williams’ songs; and recollections of seeing and hearing Mississippi Fred McDowell and Muddy Waters.
Cole’s painting is set in Northampton, Massachusetts. Oxbows exist in most river systems and looked to me to be the most plentiful along the lower Mississippi. Lucinda Williams’ frequent mention of places makes them a character in her work. Both McDowell and Waters are from the Mississippi Delta, as were many country blues musicians. Once in Mississippi it was easy to plan travel from one Blues Trail marker to another.
It was a loose framework, an excuse to grab my camera and follow my nose. I may not have photographed any formally designated oxbows, but did find many bends in the Mississippi. Ponds, backwaters and bayous are plentiful. And, the blues is the blues and present everywhere in the Delta.

Cape Girardeau, Missouri 2016
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Black Bayou, Glendora, Mississippi 2016
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Moon Lake, Coahoma Co. Mississippi 2016
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Turrell, Arkansas 2016
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Rosedale, Mississippi 2016
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Lake Village, Arkansas  2016
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Lake Chicot State Park, Arkansas 2016
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Blues Marker, Shelby, Mississippi 2016
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Klondike, Illinois 2016
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Cairo, Illinois 2016
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Cow Bayou - East, Soudan, Arkansas 2016
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Cow Bayou - West, Soudan, Arkansas 2016
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Cottonwood Park, New Madrid, Missouri 2016
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Johnny, Connerly Bayou, Arkansas 2016
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Community Center, Benoit, Mississippi 2016
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Country Store, Ditch Bayou, Arkansas 2016
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Chair near Connerly Bayou, Arkansas 2016
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Horseshoe Lake, Illinois 2016
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Frenchmans Bayou, Arkansas 2016
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Store, Benoit, Mississippi 2016
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Street, Shelby, Mississippi 2016
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Asian Carp, Horseshoe Lake, Illinois 2016
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Near Cow Bayou, Soudan, Arkansas 2016
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Shelby, Mississippi 2106
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Tunica River Park, Tunica, Mississippi 2016
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Stovall, Mississippi 2016
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