Saturday, April 11, 2009

A Good Friday It Was

Since I was off work for Good Friday we decided to head down to Galveston and let the kids play on the beach. This was our first trip back to the island since hurricane Ike made devistated the Southeeast Texas cost on September 13, 2008. While driving from Iinterstae 45 down Broadway to the east side of the island we found many buildings (homes and businesses) that had been destroyed or damaged by the sea as it rose and inundated the island during the hurricane.

On the positive side we also found that many of the businesses along the seawall were open and the island was crowded with people. It looks like Galveston is on the road to recovered.

The forecast for the day was for temperatues in the upper 70's to lower 80s with overcast skies. There was a lot of windblown sand, low clouds and sea mist blowing in from the Gulf of Mexico which limited visibility to less that a mile.

Hazey DayGalveston's east end condominiums obscured by a haze of windblown sand and mist from the Gulf of Mexico

Beach PlayAustin and Zachary playing at the beach

Race to the WaterRacing to see who can hit the water first and catch the biggest wave

Inquisitive seagullThis little guy was stalking us and most likely hoping we would toss him something to eat

Wait for meCan you hear him telling his two older brothers to 'wait for me'?

Building a Sand Castle

Just PaintThat's her motto

One Yellow Post
Yellow Flowers in the Dunes

Sand Dunes

Gliding on the Sea Breeze

Taking a BathSeagulls were taking a dip in a pool of fresh rain water

Perched and ReadyThis guy was perched on the edge of the seawall and was very uneasy with us walking so close to him

No Swimming

Sand Piper on the Rocks

Shrimp on a Stick
We ate fried shrimp, grilled shrimp, shrimp gumbo ...

Love Pink and Respect Blue
I took this candid image on the Galveston seawall just before sunset. I really liked the grouping of the scene with the young couple, the police officers, the girl on bike in the middle and the contrasting colors of the pink blouse, flip-flops, bike rim and sweat shirt on the left and the three blue police officer uniforms on the right

End of the DayGalveston Island snset. Hopefully I'll be capturing more of these this summer.

All images copyright Daniel Ray Photography.

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