Friday, February 22, 2013

Bird thoughts

With all the snowstorms and odd weather of late, I could use some warming up.  And no better way for me to do that than to think of myself sitting on the beach at sunset and taking in the scenery.  Here's a few archive photos from Anna Maria this past January.

Two gulls were fighting over a dead fish that had washed up.  Notice the guy on the right sneaking up while the other one is busy?  I think the two were in cahoots to steal the fish!

The Royal Terns, of course, had no interest in stealing any fish and remained their regal 
spikey-head-haired selves.

I find myself oftentimes wondering what birds think.  Like the guy above, just standing there. 
Is he hungry, tired, lonely, bored, happy or sad?

But then again, 
I imagine their thoughts are nothing quite that complex. 
Perhaps it is simply a way for me
to pause,
and ask those questions 
of myself.
~ ~ ~

Have a great weekend, my friends!


39 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

love the 'attitudinous' terns. :) and the strutting gull in the first.

MerCyn said...

Beautiful pictures. I think the birds are thinking the same thing we are - Spring! Hopefully it is here soon.

Kerri said...

Wonderful captures!!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Wonderful moments you captured!

beth said...

thanks for the warm loving...i think i might have to get out some of my beach photos, too :)

Brian Miller said...

ha...i like the haircuts of the spiky ones...smiles...

Out on the prairie said...

It would be nice to wade in that water. I waded in 10 inches of snow today sledding and shooting some birds feeding at the fedders.

EG CameraGirl said...

I'll join you in your lovely daydream. :)

bailey-road.com said...

A beautiful series. I love the painterly processing.

Hilary said...

It does pay to be a bird brain on occasion. ;) Love those royal terns.. nifty birds.

Dianne said...

What do birds think? a question to ponder. I know what they think when they're sitting in my apple tree .... lets eat as much as we can before Mamma comes rushing out the back door screaming and flapping her tea-towel in the air.
Maybe shore birds are different .... there minds wander to fish and worms and long flights over blue seas and scamperings over rocks with beach views.

eileeninmd said...

The Terns are one of my favorite birds to see at the beach. They have attitude! Great post and photos, have a wonderful weekend!

Ross said...

Great pictures! Like you I could use some serious warming up in my parts! At least you've given me this great visual of warmer weather to come!

Sylvia K said...

Yes, I'll join EG and you in your lovely daydream! I do love your photos and thoughts and that spiky feathered one is the best laugh of the day! Thank you!! Have a lovely weekend, Reena!

Lois Evensen said...

The beach does sound good right now. It's pretty cold here in Ohio.

She Who Carries Camera said...

Who knows...they might ask the same questions about us...we probably seem more strange....I mean, really, holding those black things in front of our faces all the time...good grief! :-)

Barb said...

This series of photos take on the quality of beautiful watercolors. I really like how you've composed the photos.

Barbara Shallue said...

I'm always ready for a trip to the coast so thanks for taking us back with you. Love the processing of these!

rainfield61 said...

So I am too, a tree, an ant, a birds, a bug etc.

Though I am still myself.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Gulls. Good thinking Reena.

Lisa Gordon said...

Beautiful photographs, Reena, especially the first one. He looks like he's really "struttin' his stuff!"

Have a wonderful weekend!

bon bon said...

had to laugh when i saw the royal terns. they're so punk! :)

great shots!

CherryPie said...

Stunning photos :-)

ladyfi said...

Such gorgeous shots - just lovely!

Evelyn S. said...

Waterfowl seem to spend a lot of time just sitting...maybe thinking? Definitely in their own world(s).

Gert Jan Hermus said...

Very nice! They look like paintings. ;-)

Greetings from The Netherlands,
DzjieDzjee

newmexicomtngirl.com said...

so, so lovely. thanks for sharing

Catherine said...

I don't know what those birdies are thinking but I sure would like to be on that beach with them!
xo Catherien

Catherine said...

Wow...that's bad when you type/spell your name wrong... LOL!
xo Catherine

Suldog said...

I like watching gulls, but most of them have the morals of politicians on crack. They all seem to consider anything fair game, no matter who the rightful owner may be.

Rose L said...

They look like watercoor paintings!

Linda R said...

Your photos are wonderful. Makes me wish I was back at the beach. I could just sit and watch the Gulls all day.

Hugs~

Betty Manousos said...

great series of bird photos, reena.

happy sunday~

Evelyn said...

Such beautiful photos ~ I love the pale colours and the rough edge borders!

islandwonder said...

Great shots! I love the regale spike.

the2198 said...

Those Royal Terns always make me smile - something about their crazy little feather hair!

Marcie said...

What great birds!! Especially love your processing!

Daryl said...

big sigh .. glad you needed the beach and shared or i would still be sitting here wishing for warm

Harshi said...

Such beautiful set of pictures and lovely pastel shades! They bring upon smiles and peace of mind. :)