Photo Friday - "The Coast"
I grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. When asked where I'm from, the answer is, "The Coast," as if there is another. The term of endearment is used by all the locals. Live oak trees, highway 90 with sand and water on one side for miles on end, the Biloxi lighthouse, the pier and gazebo on our family's Back Bay property are all iconic images to me. This is my daughter playing in the water at the foot of the Ocean Springs bridge in August 2007. No local would ever actually get in the water, meaning I have been gone so long, we now qualify as tourists. It was a beautiful, small-town-charm kind of place to grow up before the casinos came in and brought tourism with it.
I love this picture because of the bridge in the background and how the sun shines on the lazy waves and softly silhouettes my little girl. It just screams "home" to me.