Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Seeking Breakfast, originally uploaded by wind_dancer.

I played with Jonathan Livingston Seagull this morning, and he entertained me for hours!

He let me feed him by hand …



and then posed for me, waiting for more.
He let me practice shooting motion, while keeping the face in focus …



And then, I went inside …

… and he came knocking on my door, wanting me to come back out, again.

9 thoughts on “Jonathan Livingston Seagull

  1. This takes my breath away. One of my favorite books from my college years. I think you were visited by Jonathan Livingston of “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”. If you didn’t read it, Kate, look into it at the library. This is a gift.

  2. My step-father, the pilot, gave me JLS years ago. Since then, I have read it dozens of times. You are right. Jonathan paid me a visit today, but it took you to help me recognize him. Thank you, Leslie.

    I have dozens more photographs. As I said, he played with me for hours this morning.

  3. See Tennyson on nature “red in tooth and claw.” On several occasions at the “Gray Slip” area I have seen Peregrine falcons put seagulls on their lunch plate. You have to be really tough to eat a seagull, but that is not something you will learn from Disney movies or sentimental books.

  4. Many people are not aware that Jonathan Livingston Seagull, the book, was originally published word for word as an aviation magazine article many years before the book, with all of its pictures, was published. When the book was published it became a runaway best seller, and made Richard Bach, the author, a very rich man, and it paved the way for several other very succesful books by him. An interesting story Richard told was that he loved to fly his old Seabee (a pusher-type flying boat) because there were so many different vibrations in the airplane that he could get four part harmony when singing solo!

  5. Wonderful pictures. For some reason the book Jonathan Livingston Seagull is still on my list of favorites after all these years.

  6. wow – Leslie pointed me to this post because of my cockatoos. It’s wonderful. What a gift to have such a cooperative model 🙂 I love the ones with the motion blur. Actually I love sharing the whole experience.

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