3/18/2006

Beauty and the Beast

The Mississippi was blessed with so much beauty before Hurricane Katrina. The homes and buildings that were built in the 19th century gave the Coast a unique look. Katrina took most of those homes and businesses but the natural beauty is something that she couldn't take.




Friday was a beautiful day at the beach in Gulfport. I left work an hour early and spent most of it enjoying sights such as these least terns flying.








A little further down, the water is still littered with debris. It's not advisable to be walking or running in the water along this stretch.








Images like this Lutheran church are still common along Hwy 90.








There is still beauty down here. But there are too many images that show the destruction of the beast that was Katrina.

2 Comments:

Blogger Beth said...

You know, I still haven't even been across the state line (from Mobile) since Katrina. I just can't do it. I want to see, but I don't want to be GAWKING at everyone's losses, which it would feel like if I made a special trip just to go look. I know I'm going to kick myself for not going--I already am, actually--but to me it's kinda like stopping in traffic to look at an accident with bodies strewn on the street. ::shudder:: And also, I'm not sure I want to see everything I remember from my whole life being GONE. The house my mother grew up in in Pascagoula is completely GONE, the homes that have been in the family for generations in Gulfport--gone. From what my mother told me, nothing, not even rubble.

One of these days, maybe...but only b/c my sister's moving to Gulfport.

8:28 PM  
Anonymous seawitch said...

beth,

I can relate to how you feel. I've only taken pictures of the things that are gone that meant something to me. I now have over a thousand photos. At least I've stopped crying everytime I drive down Hwy 90 and when I drive through St Martin and D'Iberville.


I am so sorry for your family's losses. My family was blessed. Two of us lost long held jobs because the buildings were severely damaged. My workplace was completely wiped out but I'm still able to work there as we're rebuilding.

Don't come until you're ready. I went to Mobile back in November to escape for awhile. It was hard coming back.

G-d bless your family.

8:36 PM  

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