Thursday, March 4, 2010

Creature of Excellence

It was odd to see a seagull so far from the beach. Did he want to visit the mountains for a change of pace? Maybe he wanted to hang out with the San Gabriel Valley wild parrots? Seeing this little guy reminded me of the classic 1970s novel, Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. I like this quote in particular:

How much more there is now to living! Instead of our drab slogging forth and back to the fishing boats, there’s reason to life! We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!

7 comments:

Judy Williams said...

Oh I loved that book!! Thanks for the terrific quote.

I like you you placed him slightly off center, yet not using the rule of thirds. I like the line created by the concrete wall he's standing on.

Dixie Jane said...

What a beautiful bird. He reminds me of where I grew up, near So. Padre Island. I often painted seascapes (mostly sunrises) when the gulls are feeding. They fly, then swoop down for an unsuspecting fish. That is where the sun rises over the Gulf of Mexico surrounded by a quick look at a pink sky. Does that scene remind you of our many vacations there, Laurie? Thanks for the recollection of Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

Mister Earl said...

I think he's a member of the Glendale Seagull Clan off on a day trip. He could pass for a stuffed Seagull. Somewhere in Santa Barbara, there's a museum with dozens of stuffed seagulls, all different species. Who knew?

Yakpate said...

Against the dark depth of all the foliage... a creature that epitomizes the "unbearable lightness of being."

Absolutely beautiful, LA!

Bellis said...

You were lucky to catch this seagull - makes South Pasadena look very maritime. I wonder why it had landed? Usually, the seagulls are flying way overhead on the lookout for trash dumps and other food sources. And they're not usually alone.

Judy Williams said...

Where is everyone today?

Laurie said...

Thanks, gang!

(And yeah, where IS everyone?)