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October 2008

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008 Watching the Gulls

Near the end of Samuel Butler's famous novel The Way of All Flesh (1903), the hero of the story or, if not really much of a hero, at least the one who suffers greatly, loses all and learns much is dealing with despair and deep depression and a general feeling of hopelessness, or maybe just bewilderment. Poor Ernest Pontifex forever trying his best to do the right thing and understand the world, and making a mess of it all, he finally has to seek medical help. His wise doctor does his assessment and determines that Ernest's dire condition does not call for medication or any sort of medical procedure.  The doctor prescribes visits to the zoo spend a few hours watching large mammals, and he specifically recommends elephants.  Oddly, this works just fine.  This gets you out of yourself, or over yourself, or something.

Out here, this is why you drive over to Malibu and just watch the seagulls.  You can think about aerodynamics if you wish.

Seagull in flight, Malibu
Seagull in flight, Malibu
Seagull in flight, Malibu
Seagull in flight, Malibu
Seagull, Malibu

Try this

Seagull, Malibu Seagull, Malibu
Seagull, Malibu
Seagull, Malibu
Seagull, Malibu
Seagull, Malibu
Seagull, Malibu

The setting, the Malibu Pier, just to the right

Malibu Pier

A bit of noisy human folly intervenes, but doesn't seem to bother the floating gull

Jet Ski off Malibu

To the right of the pier, Surfrider Beach, where normal life goes on

Surfrider Beach, Malibu
Surfboard and kayak rentals, truck at Surfrider Beach, Malibu

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto.  Photography here is modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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