|See the blue ceiling?|
|Hurricane Ike damage|
On September 13, 2008, Hurricane Ike hit the Galveston, covering most of the area in a tidal surge. Many beautiful old trees were uprooted. The salty water killed many others. The residents took lemons and made lemonade. The city's tree canopy is gone, but whimsical sculptures from the huge old oaks have been commissioned and carved. They are tucked away in gardens and yards. There are 19 of them so far, and more are coming. We managed to bike around, with Eldy navigating the map and finding them for me, and me finding more houses than sculptures to photograph. Eldy would be peddling merrily along, and all of sudden, no Sparky anywhere to be seen! I had slipped along to a side street to gawk and photograph some of the amazing houses. Many of them are being remodeled, repainted, and refurbished to the elegant style they were before the hurricane waters and winds damaged them. Seeing the houses was amazing! I would forget that I was biking on the street and stop to take a photo in the middle of the street. Heck, never mind the cars coming up behind me! I snapped 'em fast! Take a look at these....
A couple of people have asked about the parrots..they are wild here and hang out..they just come to the feeders if you put regular wild bird seed out for them! But the blackbirds come, too, by the bazillions, so I'm just going to let my neighbor continue to feed them and we get to enjoy them. I tend to cringe a little when the hordes of blackbirds fly over. It's just a matter of time until I get doodooed on. I told Eldy to wear a ball cap when he sits outside. I did put out a niger seed sock feeder (known to attract goldfinches) to see what would come to my feeder by the palm tree, but so far, nobirdy is checking it out that we can see (groan!).... see you tomorrow at the Winterfest festival in Pearland, TX!