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A somber persistence

Published April 6, 2006

[Times photo: Kathleen Flynn]
One afternoon in Bayou La Batre, Ala., I was photographing fishing boats that Katrina had forced ashore. A year ago, boats might have moved easily through this channel. Now everything seemed dead. Then looming clouds rolled in, and a misty rain blanketed the water. It wasn’t a fierce storm, just gloomy and haunting.
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While traveling recently along the Gulf Coast, I'd step out of my hotel room in the morning, hoping to find sunshine. I almost never did. Half a year after Katrina, the somber weather echoed the mood along the coast. Though the world seems to have moved on, those who remain in this part of the country are rebuilding their lives against a landscape shrouded in gray. Simply opening the door to their FEMA trailers reminds them of all they've lost and all the unknowns of their future.

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