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Old Aug 19, 2008, 1:54 AM   #1
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After Hurricane Katrina struck, New Orleans became a household word in much of the world. What wasn't as well known is that the Katrina actually made landfall in the Biloxi/Gulfport area of Mississippi. To their credit, they have rebuilt to a large degree the neighborhoods that were flattened by enormous storm surges. Most of the casinos there are now fully operational, with a new one (Margaritaville) currently under construction.

The highway connecting Biloxi and Gulfport, Highway 90, also called Beach Boulevard, is currently under re-construction. In the median, large Live Oaks once thrived. Katrina killed them all, and instead of digging them up, the City of Biloxi decided to turn them into monuments of sorts. After threatehing to photograph these "trees" for two years, I finally stopped this past weekend, under the threat of a thunderstorm to try and capture the artwork to share with all of you. I apologize for some of the shots, it was mid-day and very bright(and hot)!

1. Dolphins



2. Same pic, different perspective



3. Still same pic, base of tree



4. Full shot



5. Herons



6. One more Heron shot



7. Sea gulls I think



8. Pelicans, of course



9. Sailfish and Shark



10. Sailfish. This one makes me think the artist's name is Dayton. I could not find any one who knew...



Anyway, I thought this was a testament of sorts to the perseverence of these folks along the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of the worst hurricane they had been through since Camille in 1969.

Thanks for looking.. Robert

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Old Sep 1, 2008, 6:35 PM   #2
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What a neat idea. Oak is hard, hard, hard wood very difficult to work. I can't imagine what it must have been like working on the highest dolphins. The last one, a Marlin, is especially nice - I can see why the artist signed his work. Thanks for posting these.
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Penolta, thanks for looking. My guess is that these were done with a chain saw and possibly a bucket truck.. only a guess...Robert
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