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|The photos on this page are from the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi,
Alabama and the Florida panhandle.
|To the Coast
|Biloxi, MS lighthouse, constructed in 1848, is shown above, not long
after Hurricane Katrina in 2005; below, a current photo, with the
Lighthouse Park and Visitors Center complex visible in the background.
The lighthouse was renovated in 2009 and the complex opened in 2011.
|If time and circumstance should take me far
From my sea-swept home, each June I'd know
A same sweet pain that swelled within my heart,
When summer set the sand dunes all aglow.
The box of seashells gathered in my youth
Would, for a moment, hold a sandy lane
By dunes and fence and sails and seabird's call,
And I would close my eyes and walk it once again.
-- C. G. Berry
|Someone once asked me for my definition of joy. The first thing that popped
into my mind was a child at the seashore. You give a child a beach and a toy
shovel and you have given them hours of joy and a lifetime of memories.
-- Joyce Kramer
|Many venerable oaks on the Mississippi Coast were lost to Katrina, but the ancient
Friendship Oak survived. It's located on the University of Southern Mississippi
Gulf Park campus in Long Beach (pictured above days after the hurricane). A
current photo is below. The inscription on its plaque reads: "I was a sapling when
Columbus sailed and I was grown by Napoleon's reign. I am now over 500 years
old. Those who enter my shadow are supposed to remain friends throughout their
lifetime. There is not an alumna of the college who does not possess, tucked away
in her treasures, a twig, a leaf or an acorn that came out of my heart."
|This home in Biloxi, MS, was constructed in 1840 and became known
as the Father Ryan house after the priest, who was a well-known poet,
lived in the house in the 1870's. It was a popular photo opportunity
for tourists who noticed the palm tree growing through the front
steps. The photo on the postcard above was taken in 1912.
|The photo above was taken in 2005, when the home was being used as
a bed and breakfast -- the palm tree remains in its long-accepted place.
Sadly, Hurricane Katrina destroyed the historic house, but, as the
photo below shows, the famous old palm tree wasn't ready to call it
a day. It still stands proudly on the home's former site.
|Grief fades, joy comes. We don't know why or how, but
everything seems better at the seashore. -- Matthew Clarke