Saturday, October 29, 2005

And this'll be today's last photo. It was great, this Halloween fest, just two months after this town was leveled. My heart ached everywhere I went on the coast after the storm, but nowhere worse than the Pass. It was thrilling to see this town scratch and claw its way back to almost zero. Well, I guess they're a long way from that, but there was nothing hollow about their desire to have some fun. It was more than earned, it was a needed infusion of hope. That's why I leave you today with this photo, of the beach in the Pass. This spot was under at least 35 feet of water during the storm. Houses, cars, people floated over it on their way back to the sea, from where all life begins. This little growth, this burst of green on the stark stretch of white sand and debris represents the end of a cycle of disbelief and skepticism for me. Life goes on.
This photo by Joshua Norman


Blogger judypatooote said...

I don't know why, but I think that is the neatest photo I've seen in a while....i think you should frame and sell it....It is so different.... I told you I don't know just is.....

7:18 PM  
Blogger R2K said...

Gotta love grass :)

Plants are great.

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Blogger Cathy said...

renewal. so great. I have recently started shopping at Walmart again after a two year long boycott; they have done some amazing stuff for the people of the Gulf Coast.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn't permanent.
--Jean Kerr

12:57 PM  
Blogger The Fergoosons said...

I'm now sitting here in a puddle, could never be a puddle as big and when I saw what Katrina did, but, it is so nice to once again see that we are such a resiliant being...10 years from now we'll be saying "oh yeah, I remember when that happened" It's amazing how many people I have heard of that before the hurricane were close to bankruptcy or even in poverty that have jumped up and started businesses and are now making as good as or better a living than they were before. I realize that there are thousands that still have nothing, but there is hope.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Just Some Gal said...

This is a beautiful photo and even more powerful words. I lurk here so often but never know quite the words to say. You've seen so much.

This blog is always a reminder to me that Katrina affected a wide swath of the wouth, not just certain cities. I appreciate you guys sharing so much.

10:46 PM  
Blogger beagle said...

The photo of the grass in the sand is beautiful. It really speaks tons for renewal and the cycle of life. You are all still in my thoughts and will be for quiet some time.

9:29 AM  
Blogger gilbert said...

ive been reading since the beggining. this blog means so much to me. we no longer see the headlines in thenewpapers, so i turn to you guys. you provide so much insight into the matter. its good to see some positive news for once.

5:25 PM  
Blogger R2K said...

Yeah if only people left the wetlands of this country alone, all of these areas would be safe, and full of great life like this. But no, people had to live on swamps, which tend to flood.

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6:16 AM  
Blogger Scout said...

Beautiful. I just want to know when we can come back. I come hear to see what is being done. I want to come back to the beach, the history. I want to shop at Sharkheads. I want to eat at Taco Bell and just watch the people on the beach. See a beautiful sunrise. Watch the banana boats. Seeing the Halloween photos has me crying tears of joy for the people who are still there.

Thank you again. It means so much to see these photos.

10:22 AM  
Blogger The Fergoosons said...

Do you remember when Biloxi had the drive thru liquor store on the beach? It was way before the casinos took the place of the canneries...I had never seen that before...I loved it!!! My brother drove through and we drove away drinking beers...the good ol' days!!!lol

8:05 PM  
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