An exhilarating day of sunshine on the water, on the Gulf of Mexico at Longboat Beach, near Sarasota, Florida. A lone gull stands on the sugary sand at the water’s edge, perhaps enjoying the breeze, perhaps waiting for something tasty to wash ashore.
My little corner of the world has to be represented by a beautiful shot of sand and sunshine backed by the beautiful blue of the Gulf of Mexico. This is where I grew up and, throughout several decades of living in the north (Virginia is about as far “north” as I could allow myself to go), it was the Gulf that I continued to feel connected to. I grew up with it and, wherever I go, I still feel oriented to it; I learned to tell directions from my relative position to the beach and the Gulf. I cannot imagine being happy again living too far away from it. I look at this picture and can just smell the sunshine — how can it not be my happy haven?