I've got a lot of photos from a couple day trips to Galveston, so I guess you'll be seeing quite a few coming up. Galveston is only about a 45 minute drive from Houston when there is no traffic (which is rare I suppose). Having lived in Houston for almost 20 years ( ) now, it's suprising I haven't really headed down there much.
Galveston is a barrier island for the Texas gulf coast, and as such, it has had some hurricane hardships. In 1900 there was a devasting storm that is considered deadlist single day event in US history. Prior to that storm, Galveston was the big city in Texas and Houston wasn't much, but after the storm, things moved up to Houston and made it the big city it is today. This storm is described in the book Isacc's Storm, by Eric Larson, which is an excellent book my husband and I read during the 2008 hurricane Ike, which hit the area. Not as devasting as the 1900 storm, but still wreaked some havoc in Galvston, Bolivar Penisular and other areas close to the coast. Houston had its share of damage from winds (and I have some day after photos way back in my archives somewhere), but Houston is far enough away from the coast to not have had too much trouble aside from power outages and such.
That's the long intro to this photo, which is the first of a few tree sculptures. Galveston lost quite a few trees during hurricane Ike, and artists have been transforming the lost trees into tree sculptures. You can find these throughout the island, and I've a got a few photos of some of them.
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