Sanibel Island, pre-Charlie

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IMG_0642-Lighthouse-Beach-2004-Sanibel
Thirteen days before
a storm of such cruelty
struck our paradise

IMG_0645-Fishing-Pier-2004-Sanibel
I stood on the pier
ignorant of things to come
and took these pictures

IMG_0643-Fisning-pier-2004-Sanibel


Hurricane Charlie struck Southwest Florida on August 13th 2004

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  32 comments for “Sanibel Island, pre-Charlie

  1. February 26, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    It’s amazing how many trees were on the tip of the island before Charlie. It’s pretty bare in that same spot now, with only the remnants of those trees left.

  2. February 26, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    such a beautiful spot, and a terrible natural disaster. That water sure looks warm! :)

  3. February 26, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    What gorgeous pictures. I can only imagine the devestation in that area after Charlie. Such a shame.

  4. February 26, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    I don’t remember that storm specifically (there have been so many in recent years) but it’s good you got these when you had the chance. Love the cloud formation in the first shot.

  5. February 26, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    It’s sad what happened. But I’m glad that you’ve taken some good shots of it before the place was ruined.
    Have a good weekend too!! :P

  6. February 26, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    It is so amazing how beauty can be in one moment and tragedy in the next!
    These are lovely images.

    You ask where I took the photos in my post, Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, a mere one hour drive from home.

  7. February 26, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Beautiful sky shots. Hurricanes can be so dangerous and frightening.

  8. February 27, 2009 at 1:39 am

    As you say looks like a real paradise ! Why does mother nature do so much dammages from time to time ?

  9. February 27, 2009 at 2:47 am

    Sad, but what to do.

  10. February 27, 2009 at 7:25 am

    The island must have been a real paradise. Such an awful storm.

  11. February 27, 2009 at 9:23 am

    The clouds in the first one are too cool. Sad how someplace so beautiful can be changed so quickly.

  12. February 27, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Great shots… the last one is my favorite!

  13. February 27, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Great.. now I am wanting to go to the beach!!!

    BTW, POTD = Picture of the Day. Its a project I started on Jan. 1 to take at least one picture each day. Soooo much fun. Thanks for stopping by All Things Work for Good. I enjoy your comments.

  14. February 27, 2009 at 9:59 am

    It does look like paradise. It both amazes and frightens me what “mother nature’s” fury can do.

  15. February 27, 2009 at 10:53 am

    This is a good example of why it’s probably best not to know the future. Ignorance is bliss, as the saying goes.

    The cloud in the top photo is amazing how it echoes the shape of the island.

  16. February 27, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Mother nature is an amazing force to be reckoned with. It is so sad to see that such a beautiful place could be destroyed. The picture from the end of the pier is a wonderful shot. The beach look(ed) amazing!

    Thank you so much for playing along.
    -Tisha

  17. February 27, 2009 at 11:10 am

    amazing to look back and see the place before the catastrophe

  18. February 27, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    That was most definitely the calm before the storm in those pictures. It was so very beautiful there before the weather dramatically changed the landscape.

    Oh, and Block Island is 12 miles off of the coast of Rhode Island.

  19. Sue
    February 27, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Beautiful shots, it looks like a lovely place. I hope it has recovered some since the hurricane.

  20. February 27, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I like these especially the pier pic.

  21. February 27, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    nature is both beautiful and cruel – I have such a problem resolving that for myself

    your photos are beautiful

  22. February 27, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    The warm Gulf waters make such interesting cloud formations as the tepid moisture makes such impressive skies. No matter what the storm did, you captured the true beauty of the waters, and your memories of said beauty are stronger than the weather…

  23. February 27, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Nice shots. Great Photos.

  24. February 27, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    what wonderful photos. What intense memories.

  25. February 28, 2009 at 1:54 am

    It’s good that you were able to catch the beauty of the area. Such lovely photos.

    Happy to meet you! This my first week trying Haiku Friday.

  26. February 28, 2009 at 6:54 am

    So nice to escape to a beautiful beach after being tired of all this winter. Great captures!

  27. February 28, 2009 at 7:27 am

    nice capture! love to visit that beautiful beach…

  28. February 28, 2009 at 9:19 am

    The beautiful calm before the storm!

  29. February 28, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Love your haiku (going to check the site as I love writing it also) and the photos are fabulous!

  30. February 28, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Wow … what gorgeous photos … and wonderful haiku too ;–)
    Hugs and blessings,

  31. March 1, 2009 at 5:40 am

    I don’t recognize the strip of beach in the top photo. Where on the island was it taken? Wish I could have walked that pier. The only pier I know of now is the little concrete one at the southern tip.

  32. March 7, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    thats wondeful. makes me want to go on holiday. if only sigh!!!

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