The sun rises over the Gulf of Mexico east of Galveston Island, Texas.
A buoy at the Port of Progreso, Yucatán, Mexico.
The sun rises over the Gulf of Mexico, as seen from the deck of the cruise ship Carnival Triumph.
A warning sign on a Galveston, Texas beach.
Waves lap at the base of the historic Pleasure Pier in Galveston, Texas.
The sun rises over the Gulf of Mexico near Galveston, Texas.
Surf of the Gulf of Mexico laps at pilings under the decaying Flagship Hotel, Galveston, Texas.
A storm approaches the Galveston Seawall, which was built between 1902 and 1904 as protection from future hurricanes after the devastation brought about from the 1900 hurricane that killed at least 6,000 people on the island.
The Flagship Hotel, built on a pier extending from Galveston’s Seawall Boulevard out into the Gulf of Mexico, sits damaged and abandoned in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.