Sunday, April 12, 2009

Ironic Beauty

Everyday, we love to drive in the Beach Blvd area of Biloxi, Mississippi just to see the beauty of the beach and the relaxing greenery of gigantic oak trees. This place is part of the Gulf Coast extending US Highway 90 and blessed with White Sand. People came here to swim and it is free too. The sea on the right is truly an enchanting beauty specially when it is time for sunset and sunrise.
Across the street is an irony. When you travel this highway, either from Florida or from Louisiana, you will see these houses and buildings stood still as evidence of how Hurricane Katrina (2005) destroyed this beautiful place. That building is just part of The White House hotel which was restored in 1999, a multi-million dollar restoration but never recovered. The 2005 hurricane knocks the project totally. See {here} for some details. I feel so sad knowing the effort was totally gone. Nature intervention! That is the life here in this place, the geographic location has its pros and cons. This will go on in cycle.
The White House Hotel
Hurricanes knocked down Huge Oak Trees in this area. I was amazed how the city officials had the possitive response of the suggestion of making the dead oak tree into an artpiece. Clever idea! They hired an artist and pay him out of the city fund. One artist in particular and he is from Florida and a frequent visitor of this place, donated his talent & materials, carved some of the dead oak trees too. For free! I salute that man!
The residents of Biloxi call this an eyesore. The fishing ship just stayed this spot for so many years and the owner just abandoned it and nowhere to be found. City officials are trying to locate that person and serve him the legal papers to take this ship off this place. They are still waiting for the legal papers from the court, authorising the City to take this ship away from the beach line.

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