Photo of the Week: Wrecked Beauty

Photo of the Week: Wrecked Beauty

Roatan Honduras

Coastal Beauty on Roatan Island, Honduras

They say that there are two sides to Roatan Island, the tourist side that is covered in beautiful beaches and 5 star resorts and the other side where the locals live in basic shambles.  However, I somehow found myself wandering the local side more often.  I was drawn to the housing establishments that people had, and the amazing views that they enjoyed.  When I came across this spot I got really excited.  I snapped a shot, excited to show anyone that would take a look.  But what I wanted them to notice was how amazing this place was, right on the water, sitting on stilts and facing the sunset.  However, what everyone I showed this picture saw, was the wrecked state the house, dock and boat are in.  To me, this is beauty… wrecked beauty.

Author: Brendan van Son

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  1. I almost always find myself in the locals section instead of the one set up for tourists, it feels more like really travelling instead of just ticking off checkmarks in a travel log.

    That really is a beautiful photograph, I can almost feel the warmth of the sun!

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  2. Same thoughts I had when I was in Roatan! I was so fascinated by these houses, they are just so beautiful.
    My idea of beauty: simplicity + nature = perfection.
    And I don’t see any wreck just like you:)

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  3. I love wrecked beauty! I’m dying to get to Roatan to dive!!!

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  4. I have the same adventurous spirit as you Brendan and love the same kind of beauty that you can see in a place or object that others just don’t quite imagine…How fortunate we seem to be eh?
    Keep on backpackin’ and trekkin’ cause I love your blog…
    Patti thecrazychef Somewhere in Mx.

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  5. You’re wandering the local side more often because it is so much more interesting! Great shot!

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  6. I didn’t even notice it was wrecked. Looks like beauty to me. 🙂

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