Saturday, October 01, 2011

Camera Critters #182- Seagull Soiree - October 1, 2011

I've been to see all my physicians as I prepare for my six month sojourn
in India.  My arthritis in my left shoulder and left knee have gotten so bad
that I finally decided to have my wonderful ( and most handsome )
orthopedist, Dr. John Belzer, give me a steroid injection in both areas in
hopes of gaining some relief from the pain.  My right shoulder and right
knee bother me as well but not nearly as bad as the other side.

Neither injection was really uncomfortable and I am so happy to feel
some relief already.  Dr. Belzer cautioned me not to overdo use of either
joint, however, as the pathology is still there.

On the way home, I went down Great Highway and stopped for an hour
to look at the Pacific.  I have so much missed cruising since the loss of my
job nearly three years ago.  Thankfully, I've had the Pacific Ocean only
three miles from my home and a huge coastline for many miles in close
proximity.  Yesterday, there seemed to be a huge convention of seagulls!
As always, I had my camera with me and I got quite a few pictures, even
some of birds in flight which usually elude me.  I was helped by a good
headwind which kept them at practically a standstill in front of me!

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  1. AWESOME, AWESOME shots Carmen. The birds in flight are stunning. And I see you reunited with Manfred and his family :) Did you see those little white birds that congregate out there too? I don't know what they are but there are hundreds of them and they are so cute. Fantastic shots.

  2. wow! those photos are magical and inspiring!

    can't stop looking at them.

    absolutely exquisite!

    visiting via CC.

    have a lovely weekend!

  3. Fun shots. I love the ocean birds. We live about as close to the Atlantic as you live to the Pacific.

  4. Fantastic shots of the birds.

  5. Seagulls are so much fun to watch and photograph, as long as they aren't directly overhead. - Margy

  6. Seagulls are one of my favourite birds, for some reason, and these are wonderful shots, Carmen. I love them!

  7. I think the seagulls are going to inherit the earth

  8. Lovely critter shots Carmen!

    My Camera Critters post, have a lovely weekend!

  9. Anonymous11:07 PM

    Wow - a superb series of shots!

  10. "Carmen's Chronicles" has been included in this weeks A Sunday Drive. I hope this helps to attract even more new visitors here.

  11. These are fantastic capture, Carmen! The seagull is adorable!

  12. Awesome pictures! Do take care of your joints, especially when traveling.

  13. Great shots Carmen. I have always been fond of Seagulls. I am glad you got the injections, hope they continue to give relief.

  14. manuela3:23 PM

    wonderful pictures, i can almost hear the waves, too!

  15. Wonderful photos! And the header makes me wish I was there.

  16. It is beautiful, the inflight photos of the birds are quite an eye feast.

  17. Carmen, congratulations for the photos and for the birthday!! kisses

  18. Poetic Shutterbug -
    I think Manfred has been in reproductive phase! Or maybe a few dozen of his friends have been busy! I was just fortunate with the camera on this day as you know, usually, the birds are long gone, by the time I've snapped the shutter!

    Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry -
    I must be totally honest and say, this is the luckiest I've ever been with getting birds in flight - I am more lucky at being the recipient of bird droppings!!!

    Tatjana Parkacheva -
    I am glad you enjoyed the results of my stop at Ocean Beach and the seagull convention!

    Gemma Pages -
    I appreciate the birthday wishes though I hate being at the end of my years....I think my years of great fun are on the downside as I celebrate birthday 67!!!

    Self Sagacity -
    I can only acknowledge good luck in getting the airborne photos...I am certainly not talented in that area of photography.

    Are the ocean birds the same on bot sides of the country? I dare say, seagulls exist everywhere!

    Rajesh -
    I'm looking forward now to getting shots of Indian birds. Deepak has promised to take me to see flamingos in Mumbai!

    Powell River Books -
    I daresay it isn't fun being under any birds!! Even small ones seem to make large deposits!

    Sheila @ A Postcard a Day -
    Seagulls are definitely prolific and their antics can be quite amusing!

    Sharkbytes -
    Seagulls definitely aren't an endangered species.

    chubskulit -
    Glad you liked these wild seagulls. I had fun watching them.

    ladyfi -
    I went a little overboard with those seagulls. I just couldn't stop shooting, they were such a delight!

    FishHawk -
    I am delighted to be included in "A Sunday Drive" - am glad you enjoyed the pictures.

    Icy BC -
    I felt like gulls were putting on a special performance just for me.

    SG -
    I am out of the habit of travel in the nearly three years since my job ended - I used to think nothing of jetting half way around the world. I'll wear my support stockings and get up and walk frequently on the flight.

    Kat_RN -
    My steroid injections have helped considerably! What a relief. I will travel much more comfortably now.

    manuela -
    I just love the ocean. Am off now for a birthday lunch by the sea.

    Vicki Lane -
    I do love that header is a beautiful spot only about five miles from my home.

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