Gulls Can Be Beautiful Too

Gull on Beach Framed 2 w IPI

1.  Seagull Strolling the Beach

Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, MX

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Even common gulls, though not exotic, can be beautiful.  Some of the very first prototype gliders were modeled on the flight characteristics of the seagull.  John Joseph Montgomery (1858-1911) is one of the early inventors who used birds (especially gulls) to design his early aircraft—and in 1884 Montgomery, a native of Yuba City, California, made the first manned, controlled, heavier-than-air flight in the United States using a glider in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego (where I was born and raised).  This was 19-years before Orville and Wilbur Wright made their historic ‘powered’ flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. I have visited Otay Mesa many times, and have walked the very hills where Montgomery soared his early contraptions.

Gull on Beach Framed 1 w IPI

2.  Seagull Strolling the Beach

Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, MX

(Click on image to enlarge)

Photographer’s note:  Both images were photographed on Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, MX, 21 Sep 2013.  Captured in CameraRAW with my Canon EOS 5D Mk2 camera and Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM zoom lens.  RAW conversion and minor post-edits completed in PSE11; matted & framed in Big Huge Labs.  Camera settings:  1.  1/1000s @ f/8, ISO 100, FL=200mm, TV-Priority, Handheld; 2.  1/1000s @ f/9, ISO 100, FL=200mm, TV-Priority Handheld.  Helpful hint when shooting shore birds:  Get down on your hands & knees so you’re shooting from ground level, and not from up above the subject—it is a much more pleasing perspective.



6 responses to “Gulls Can Be Beautiful Too

  1. I’m just curious….how many times did you have a wave knock you and camera over while you were down at the birds eye level? …..I was just imagining what a good photo THAT would make! 😉

    • Boy that’s a blast from the past alright. I enjoyed it too, and it was such a novel idea when it first came out … caught everyone by surprise. I have a First Edition (signed I think) in my collection, which I gave to my son when I left the States. I one of the few people I know that actually likes Seagulls. But I bet YOU do too. Am I right? 🙂

      • You sure are right. I love to hear them and watch them (and of course photograph them)! Karen’s comment regarding her sculpture reminded me that I had a hanging seagull too for awhile but don’t remember what happened to it. Ah … the good old days. 🙂

    • I loved that book too! I actually had a lightweight seagull hanging sculpture for years and years (inspired by that book) …it disappeared in one of my moves. Seagulls are fascinating to watch…but then…I love all birds! I grew up in Alpena, Michigan (USA) on Lake Huron, so saw lots of them!

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