Herring Gull in Winter by Beth Sawickie

Herring Gull in Winter

Herring Gull in Winter by Beth Sawickie

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I shot this photo of this beautiful Herring Gull during the 2nd week in December.  It was flying over Barnegat Bay in Seaside Park, NJ.

It was COLD! And I forgot to bring my gloves with me – brrr!

It was worth aching hands to get to see this magnificent bird.

In previous years I would barely pay attention to gulls.  I thought of ’em as all just pesky shore birds that wanted to steal my boardwalk fries (and they will!).

They truly are beautiful.  I especially love how the light shines through his largest feathers on his wings.

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Gifts of the Seagull Mandala


This mandala was created from my original photograph of a Herring Gull soaring on the wind over Barnegat Bay in NJ.

Seagulls represent curiosity, clarity and freedom.

Curiosity can lead us to soar high and get a total overview of a situation – see things from a different perspective.  This can lead to clarity on a situation which can lead us to choices that ultimately bring us freedom.

Gifts of the Seagull Mandala by Beth Sawickie

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These Gulls are all over the place “down the shore” and beyond.  You’re sure to be sharing the beach with them just about any time of year.  And you’ll find them more inland – local ponds, lakes and parking lots!

When they are gathered in large numbers the chances that you will be – um… christened…by one of them is great.

I remember being down the shore with my parents.  My Dad reaches over and says “what’s that in your hair – looks like a string….”.  Yeah…so NOT a string….a dollop of seagull poop making it’s way down my head.  Ah….memories!

Supposedly… being pooped on by a bird is good luck.  Either that, or my parents were just trying to make me happy about being defecated on by a bird!

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Flight of Tranquility and Peace

Image by Beth Sawickie "Flight of Tranquility and Peace"


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A single seagull glides on the ocean air of a deserted beach – tranquil and peaceful.

What could I learn from this “Flight of Tranquility and Peace”?

There are places we can go to find tranquility and peace.  A beach in the middle of winter, for instance.  A less traveled path in a park or woods.  A tucked away bench or tree stump off the beaten path.

I can also choose to turn inward to find peace at times when I might feel like lashing out at the world – or times when I allow the chaos to overwhelm me. I can choose the less popular option of looking within.  I’ve learned that when I feel like loosing it during a situation I benefit from going to that spot of tranquility and peace.  For me that special place can take many forms – sitting silently in meditation, listening to music, taking the dog for a walk – even a quick walk just around the block, wandering through nature.  All give me the opportunity to detach from the hub-bub going on and re-connect with my true tranquil and peaceful self where all is well 🙂

Seagull Overlooking Atlantic City

The cold, cold weather has finally broken (for a few days at least) and we headed down to Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.  It is just across the water from Atlantic City.

This Herring Seagull was enjoying the 50 degree sunshine while keeping an eye on Atlantic City across the way.

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Image by Beth Sawickie "Seagull Overlooking Atlantic City, NJ"