The Southern Landscape

“You learn to forgive (the South) for its sometimes narrow mind and growing pains because it has a huge heart. You forgive (the South) for the stifling summers because the spring is lush and pastel sprinkled, because winter is merciful and brief, because corn bread and sweet tea and fried chicken are every bit as vital to a Sunday as getting dressed up for church, and because any southerner worth their salt says please and thank you. It’s soft air and summer vines, pine woods and fat homegrown tomatoes. It’s pulling the fruit right off a peach tree and letting the juice run down your chin.  The South gets in your blood and nose and skin bone-deep. I am less a part of the South than it is part of me. It’s a romantic notion, being overcome by geography. But we are all a little starry-eyed down here. We’re Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara and Rosa Parks all at once.”

– Amanda Kyle Williams


America the beautiful, Sumner County, Tennessee   Photograph submitted by C. E. Dixon III
Passenger in Sumner County, Tennessee   Photograph submitted by C. E. Dixon III
South Carolina marshes   Photograph submitted by Greg McWilliams
Solitary in Rome, Georgia   Photograph submitted by Richard Littleton
Sunset over the Delta near Clarksdale, Mississippi    Photograph submitted by Greg McWilliams
After the storm, South Georgia   Photograph submitted by Katherine Jones
Rain clouds over Alabama field   Photograph submitted by Amanda Parnell
Family time on the Looney Family Farm in Tribbett, Mississippi    Photograph submitted by Biz Wilson Harris, Mess Of Greens Blog