Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a short story published in 1970. It has many symbolic themes and precepts about life, learning, and being true to yourself. I can relate in many ways. My upbringing was a little unconventional and my passion to be curious makes me feel that I don't belong at times.
I've discovered in my photography journey that learning to take pictures too will change how you look at the world. I captured this shot of a seagull in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho last spring. Having lived in Utah most my life, seagulls are a pretty common sight. You see them when you visit the ocean. Even on this day, there were dozens on the beach of Lake Coeur d'Alene. However, I am moved by this picture. The grace of its glide. The strong full spread of the wings. The glow of the translucent feathers catching the sunlight. What a magnificent creature!
But it's just a seagull.
Perhaps it's Jonathan back to teach and remind us that there is nothing common in this world. All of creation has a unique and peculiar magnificence. We just need to open our eyes, and our hearts, to see it.
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