Exploring the Mobile River Delta

It’s springtime, and I’m deep in the Mobile River Delta with gardening expert Bill Finch.

We’re here to see the Irises and Lilies. There’s a proverb that says “consider the lilies, they neither toil nor spin.” It reminds me of the motor on Bill’s boat.

In the motor-free quiet, you can hear the birds and the frogs and a very low, low tone, that’s the gator.

Jimbo Meador is with us. He grew up in the delta, and it’s been a part of him for more than 60 years.

“This is where I come when I want to know that there are some good things going on in this world. And it’s right here,” said Meador.

The lower delta is like a prairie. A wet prairie filled with flowers in the spring.

Finch said, “all of these irises, and all of these delta lilies! And they are at their peak right now; they’re really beginning to open, really beautiful. We go to Colorado to see the wildflowers. We go to New Mexico to see the wildflowers. Where’d we go to see wildflowers? North Carolina–places like that. And here they are, right here!”

We covered miles of delta and saw lots of cool things: a bald eagle wheeling overhead; the red bill of a common gallinule; an osprey with lunch-to-go.

These pictures are by photo-journalist Jason Garcia. So in all there were four people in one boat, and we saw lots of beautiful things on the delta. Just us four. We didn’t see another human all day.

“I hope we can do a better job of giving ourselves some access on the edges where you don’t have to have a big boat and you don’t have to brave the alligators to see these beautiful wildflowers,” Finch added.

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