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Every Day in May: Shoreline…The Vantage Point

EVERY DAY IN MAY CHALLENGE TOPICS DAY BY DAY

GALVESTON, TEXAS ‘SHORELINE’

The ‘Shoreline’, the Sea Shore, the changing edge by the water…the water that rises and falls, scours, churns, smothers then recedes to reveal the new look….the new shoreline, like above (post hurricane).

But, the above shoreline is not as familiar to me as the river’s edge, the lake’s edge. These are the places I stand to assess the where, the if, the how….the maybe’s. The rocks, boulders, tall grass, the sand, the ice, the insects, the trees. Poison Oak, snakes, thistles, log jams, reeds and cat tails…all along the lapping water. Woody debris, twigs, mossy rocks, leaves collected in the trees and bushes at eye level from past freshets. The launch point, the take out. The shore lunch, the nap.

The shoreline…the ‘bank’. It is sometimes the place of comings and goings, where those pesky slips, trips and falls take place. I’d rather intentionally sit on my terms and smoke my briar or a fine cigar. Sometimes it is the best vantage point to study what is going on out there.

In this instance, I was at a perfect place. Close to the water’s edge, but sitting on a selcouth find….a bench.

TOMORROW’S EVERY DAY IN MAY WRITING TOPIC: LESSONS LEARNED 


4 Responses to “Every Day in May: Shoreline…The Vantage Point”


  1. 1 JB
    May 25, 2012 at 07:44

    That first shot is the Bolivar Peninsula, across the channel from Galveston, in the days following landfall of Hurricane Ike. The storm largely wiped the Peninsula clean.

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    • May 25, 2012 at 07:45

      It was such a powerful, wrenching photograph. I was unclear of the year? 2008?

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      • 3 JB
        May 25, 2012 at 08:14

        Yes, September 2008. There are some incredible before/after photos of Gilchrist/Bolivar that show the level of destruction. It is amazing that one house was left comparatively unscathed.

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