SEAGULLS WITH a dark band around their beaks posed at Crescent Beach soon after my earlier post where I quoted the author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Like Jonathan these birds seemed a bit different than the usual variety that spend most of their time foraging for food along the coast. Perhaps they came from a great distance.
These gulls preened like cats and relaxed in the sun, seeming to communicate with one another in mysterious subtle ways. Smaller and fluffier than most, I wondered if they were juveniles. After a little research, I discovered the birds are aptly named ring-billed gulls. They let me creep a little closer with my camera but only up to a certain point.
A couple of them suddenly flew off into the horizon.
Their wide black-tipped wings flapped with ease as they receded into the pale blue sky.
My heart soared with them but my feet were stuck in the sand.
Sadly, I won't lift off the ground no matter how hard I twirl my arms ... but I am free as a bird to imagine other possibilities despite my obvious lack of feathers.
People spread throughout the earth like seagulls and reached great heights because their creative thinking merged with their ambitions and took wing.
Is it possible that one day we might not need boats, planes or trains to get from here to there? Gazing at birds in flight, we get an inkling that the future is wide open on both global and personal levels. And although there are inspiring phrases that speak brilliantly of that potential, I like the simple words of children's author Dr. Seuss who said: "Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!"
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