“Billy Stinson (left), his wife Sandra Stinson (center) and daughter Erin Stinson comfort each other as they sit on the steps where their cottage once stood August 28, 2011 in Nags Head, North Carolina. The cottage, built in 1903 and destroyed yesterday by Hurricane Irene, was one of the first vacation cottages built on Albemarle Sound in Nags Head. Stinson has owned the home, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, since 1963. “We were pretending, just for a moment, that the cottage was still behind us and we were just sitting there watching the sunset,” said Erin afterward.“
I’ve been reading about the hurricane damage on the east coast, and this image in particular pained me the most. It’s just another cruel reminder of all the national disasters that have been taking place all over the world recently.