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Bolivar: Ike's aftermath by John Wells

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John Wells John Wells
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0.30 Gigapixels
Date added
Jan 19, 2009
Date taken
Jan 18, 2009

This is just a tiny piece of what happened in Crystal Beach, Texas during Hurricane Ike. Even though it has been many months since the storm came ashore, the destruction is still evident. In this shot alone, a pre-storm panorama would have included dozens of beach houses. The puddle of water just in front of the collapsed house WAS a road called Blue Water Drive, but the beach has encroached an additional 20 or so feet on that section of the penninsula. Google maps has good pre-storm imagery of the shooting location at tinyurl.com/bolivar-pano Will open in a new tab or window. On the map and facing north, the collapsed house is third from the right of the intersection of O'Neill Rd and Blue Water Dr.

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  1. John Wells

    John Wells (January 19, 2009, 07:46AM )

    A note about addresses... Mknelly took several snapshots of addresses painted on debris. AFAIK, these were not there prior to the storm. Since there are few remaining street signs, either homeowners, insurance adjusters, or emergency management personnel have marked many many places with addresses, inspection labels, et al. I took a snapshot of one beach house on the north side of Hwy 87, about 20 feet from the road. Pre-Ike, there were NO beach houses that close to 87 on the north side. I think it blew there during the storm.

  2. John Wells

    John Wells (January 19, 2009, 07:40AM )

    I took it yesterday (01-18-2009). If you live in the Houston region or are traveling there, it is a humbling experience to see Bolivar. We drove only as far as Stingaree Marina & Restaurant and the further east we drove from the ferry landing the worse it got. We stopped at the only gas station I could find open in Crystal Beach. The other's were all hollowed out shells. I asked to use the restroom and she said 'We don't have one. Yet.'

  3. mj knelly

    mj knelly (January 19, 2009, 06:28AM )

    This is a truly amazing gigapan. I heard that the media did not do a terrific job of showing the aftermath (and incredibly slow recovery) of hurricane ike. Did you take this panorama recently?

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3510 (Windows)
Panorama size: 296 megapixels (43289 x 6841 pixels)
Input images: 51 (17 columns by 3 rows)
Field of view: 166.6 degrees wide by 26.3 degrees high (top=12.7, bottom=-13.7)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: NIKON
Camera model: COOLPIX P5100
Image size: 4000x3000 (12.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-01-18 15:06:37 - 2009-01-18 15:14:46
Aperture: f/7.3
Exposure time: 0.00210615
ISO: 64
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 123.0 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 35.8 to 40.5 percent
Vertical overlap: 36.5 to 47.3 percent
Computer stats: 1023.48 MB RAM, 1 CPUs
Total time 7:20:56 (8:38 per picture)
Alignment: 31:08, Projection: 45:31, Blending: 6:04:17

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