When Galveston was hit by Hurricane Ike, the island lost 40,000 gorgeous old live oaks. Where there had once been deep shade, there was now brilliant sunshine. Instead of lamenting their losses, many of the islanders decided to use the services of chain saw sculptors who began carving the remaining tree trunks into various shapes. Pictured here are some of those carvings which were fashioned from the live oak trunks. A Geisha girl, a mermaid, the tin woodman from the Wizard of Oz, a squirrel holding an acorn, angels, a pelican, an owl, a Dalmatian, and a frog are among the many sculptures I was able to photograph during my visit to Galveston, Texas. I admire the spunkiness of the people and their creative approach to a catastrophe. Truly, when life gives us lemons, we can always make lemonade.