Images from Pensacola Pass, Intracoastal waterway and Gulf Island National Seashore near Perdido Key, Florida, March 2007:
Thrashing, rolling, flashing fin,
Leaping, diving, gone!
Feel sun and cool breeze.
Watch birds soar and fish feed.
Empty beach, white sand
As far as the eye can see,
Grand Isle, Louisiana, 2005-2006:
We had several great seasons fishing at Grand Isle, La. Then Katrina destroyed the fish camp we rented from friends and significantly damaged the island. The resilient people built back. The current man-made disaster will be more difficult to overcome. The images below are from 2005 and 2006. Eddie worked the rigs and loved to fish. He put us on some great speckled trout. I wonder what he is doing now.
Orange Beach, Alabama is our favorite vacation spot. We typically go there twice a year and hope to spend more time there in retirement. The debris in the photo below is natural, unlike that which is washing up today. As I observed in 2008:
Scattered debris of
Broken shells, remnants of life
So fragile and brief.