Thursday, October 1, 2009
This proud Dalmatian sits in front of Galveston's central fire station -- in tribute to both the city's firefighters and the island's lost oaks. Thousand and thousands of grand old oaks died when Hurricane Ike pushed salt water inland just over a year ago. Retired photojournalist Carlos Antonio Rios shot these images, which give us a glimpse as to how the island's Tree Committee is nurturing a sense of optimism during a difficult time. As you can imagine, cutting down the trees has proven both difficult and controversial. Area artist Jim Phillips did the expert sculpting shown here. Some residents are so taken with the creative and sentimental artwork that many are considering commissioning similar pieces for their front yards, where their own oaks once stood. Carlos, who is also a member of the Tree Committee, is a dear friend, and I appreciate him sharing some of his photographs.
Posted by My Galveston Cottage on Thursday, October 01, 2009