The Mississippi reaches far beyond the Deep South; its fingers stretch into nearly half of the USA. From the frozen north – where coyotes learn to fish in icy water – down through the nation’s agricultural heart and then to the mysterious, steamy southern swamps where alligators still rule. The many faces of the Mississippi unite a nation.
Each year, Gull Lake in Minnesota hosts the largest charity ice-fishing contest on Earth.
American White Pelicans gorge on fish below a dam in Eastern Minnesota.
Huge barges transporting goods up and down the Mississippi, 24 hours a day.
Reddish Egrets performing their bizarre fishing "dance" on Elmers Isle in Louisiana.