mississippi river


A 60 day paddling trip down the Mississippi River condensed into 60 photographs. (Spot your city?)


I took a train from Seattle to Chicago

It looks like I’m being super artsy but actually it’s just that my lens sucked. 

In order: The Puget Sound, Washington; Glacier Park, Montana; Sunset in North Dakota; The Mississippi River, Michigan; some trees in Wisconsin; Outside Chicago, Illinois.

A few months back we ventured to Natchez, MS to see what we could get into trouble with and make out way to the infamous abandoned steamboat in the area. Unfortunately, the Mississippi River was unforgiving and this was closest we could get. Not interested in getting eaten by gators, as a local put it, we moved on to bigger adventures. We will be shooting in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this week. Due to the lack of cellular coverage there is going to be a hiatus for the next week. 9/13-9/18/16. Bigger and bolder things to come. Stay with us…

Effigy Mounds National Monument


Prehistoric earthworks by mound builder cultures are common in the Midwest. However, mounds in the shape of mammals, birds, or reptiles, known as effigies, only exist in southern Wisconsin, northeast Iowa, and small parts of Minnesota and Illinois. One exception to this is the great serpent mound in south-eastern Ohio and Mound A at Poverty Point, Louisiana is built up in the shape of a large soaring bird.

Effigy Mounds National Monument represents the western edge of the effigy region. The North Unit (67 mounds) and South Unit (29 mounds) are located where the counties meet along the Mississippi River. They are contiguous and easily accessible. The Sny Magill Unit (112 mounds) is approximately 11 miles (18 km) south of the other units, and offers no visitor facilities. Other mounds are located on remote parts of the Monument property. The monument contains 2,526 acres (10.22 km2) with 206 mounds of which 31 are effigies. The largest, Great Bear Mound, measures 42 meters from head to tail and rises over a meter above the original ground level.

In northeastern Iowa the Effigy Mounds area was a point of transition between the eastern hardwood forests and the central prairies. Native American and early settlers would have been able to draw on natural resources available in forests, wetlands, and prairies, making the site hospitable for humans for many centuries.

Effigy Mounds is adjacent to the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, the Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge, the Yellow River State Forest, and a short distance to the south, Pikes Peak State Park. There are also a number of state-owned wildlife management areas, such as the one at Sny Magill Creek, where Clayton County also maintains a county park.