portrait setting

9.1.19 ~ my gull friend at Eastern Point Beach, portrait setting

Last night we went down for our last supper from the concession stand at the beach. (Tonight will be the last night it is open but it is supposed to rain today so we won’t likely be going down there.) As we were waiting for our order my gull friend flew to the post nearest Tyler House to greet us. I took a few pictures and then was suddenly inspired to try out the portrait setting on my camera. The gull was happy to keep posing.

9.1.19 ~ portrait setting
9.1.19 ~ portrait setting
9.1.19 ~ this is where he was standing for his portraits

When some people approached by land and a noisy little motorboat came close to shore, he took off and didn’t come back while we were eating on our bench. But I was grateful for the short visit we had.

9.1.19 ~ a young ring-billed gull who watched us eat our supper
9.1.19 ~ so long, summertime

I expect we will bring our own food down to the beach on warm autumn days, but I have to say, this was the first summer I’ve actually enjoyed in a very long time.

12 thoughts on “portrait setting”

  1. Handsome fellow! I haven’t been to the beach yet this year … but I’ll be there in October. Don’t want to break a rule of mine: at least one beach visit per year.

    1. He is rather, isn’t he? The seashore in the autumn is so lovely. ♡ I hope you have a wonderful time when you go! Your rule is an excellent one.

    1. Thank you, Timi. I couldn’t bear living too far from the sea. ♡ After I visit my daughter, who lives too many hours away from the sea, the first thing I do is go down to “my” beach to meld with the sea.

  2. I’m enjoying the photos/portraits of the gulls in your posts. They really have their own beauty. I was leery of you reading my latest post because of the fact that the seagulls at the NJ shore have been chased away. They have been quite aggressive over the years, but I agree with you – that’s the fault of humans, not the gulls. You’re so lucky to be so near the sea….and the sea gulls.

    1. Thank you, Pam. When we were first married my husband called gulls “flying rats.” How was he to know his wife would fall in love with gulls and his daughter would fall in love with a pet rat? 🙂 He’s come around, though, and these days he sometimes talks to the gulls who approach him. I did enjoy the video you posted and appreciated the use of raptors to scare away the gulls. At least nobody gets hurt using that method!

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