The Opportunity to Create

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One of my three words for 2014 is create. With this word in mind, my walk on the beach turned into an opportunity.

“Jonathan Seagull discovered that boredom and fear and anger are the reasons that a gull’s life is so short, and with those gone from his thought, he lived a long fine life indeed.”

— Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull


At this time of year I walk on the Connecticut beaches, often with my camera.


Let’s face it. Many of us relate to seagulls in a negative way. 


On this day I noticed seagulls in the most gorgeous formations, dancing above the waves, searching for food.


I called my friend Anthony Zemba at Connecticut Audubon Society to find out what species I had photographed. 


Meet my Ring-billed Gulls … and my Herring Gulls. 


 Photographed in Southport, Connecticut with my Canon 5D, Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 telephoto zoom lens

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  • Elisa Smith

    Beautiful, Inspiring and Pure Joy. Thank you for sharing
    xx Elisa

    • Thanks, Elisa. I’m always game for a walk in CT in 16 degree weather! Let me know.

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  • Colleen Bushby

    Thank you for sharing your experience, Nancy. Amazing how nature can show us new perspectives when we pay attention!

    • Thanks! You are right, Colleen. I was mesmerized by the seagulls this time, so elegant.

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  • Rolonda

    I have tears in my eyes as I enjoy all this amazing creativity. So proud of you, my talented Sister! Keep ’em coming!

    • Rolonda! Thank you! YOU are so creative, your projects always get my attention, nobody does it better!

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  • Anthony Zemba

    Yep, there are at least four or five Herring Gulls mixed in when I blow the photo up. They are a bit bigger than the Ring-billed Gulls and you can see in your photograph that they have pink legs as opposed to the yellow legs of the Ring-billed Gulls. Great Shots Nancy!

    • Thank you Anthony. CT Audubon is lucky to have you, appreciate your help on this! I was at the beach today and there were hundreds playing around.

  • Bevin Gove

    Amazing photos Nancy. You have a true talent here in addition to your PR expertise:) Greet spending time with you yesterday.

  • Robin Gorman Newman

    Your photos are stunning Nancy! As the proud owner of Smokey the cockatiel, I’ve long been a huge bird admirer. Love the way you captured their beauty and spirit.