WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: BEGINNING — NEW DAY FOR A BLACK-BACKED GULL

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As the sun rises over a beach in Maine, it’s the beginning of a new day for a lone black-backed gull.

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  1. Just wonderful, so calm, so peaceful. That sea gull have a wonderful time:)

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    • Dawn is when all the seabirds are most active. They are hunting for food. They get active again around dusk, but at sunrise, there are flocks of gulls, terns, plovers and more, all sharing the beach. It’s beautiful.

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      • I understand that it must be a beautiful scene:) I love the ocean, brings peace to my mind!

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        • It was beautiful. The only downside (aside from having to get up in the dark) were the hordes of mosquitoes all of whom regarded me as breakfast. They bite through clothing. REALLY hungry — or I’m especially tasty.

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  2. Beautiful…love the ocean:)

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    • Thank you 🙂 I love your scenery too!

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      • Hoping in heaven God will weave together the ocean and the mountains with cattle scattered on them and of course our horses will be ready to ride…and for shopping, well we need 5th Avenue out the back door of the kitchen:) Then we could have all the various scenery we love to look at:)

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        • I like the idea of 5th avenue out the back door 🙂 All I need then is some money to spend! What we need is that transporter from the Enterprise. Whoosh, we could be anywhere. Now THAT would be super cool.

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          • 🙂 In heaven we will not need money:) The hollow deck I think…yeah that would be way cool:)

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            • Yes, the holideck. Forgot about that. Also the no money in heaven. But is there shopping in heaven? There must be, right? Or at the very least, Amazon.com!

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              • I am sure there is shopping as God promises to give us the desires of our hearts:) I bet there is Amazon too….I agree on 5th Avenue…wooohoo!

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                • Sounds good. Yup, definitely. Right now, anyplace without snow and ice is where I want to be. My love of winter is exactly one cold snap and two snows. After that? I want sunshine and a few flowers! Shopping in heaven. What a nice idea. Maybe unlimited credit since you don’t need money. Sigh. Sounds really good. Very good. As long as I can meet up with all my dogs and cats and Garry gets to come too.

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                  • Ditto that:) I honestly do believe that our animals will be waiting and in heaven….and yes Garry can come too:) I have grown more bah hum bug about winter too…we have had dry lite ones the last few years so we do need them moisture…I will drive on snow floor but not on ice…and my body does not care for the cold much unless I have layers and layers on…so maybe we could add one more door in heaven, if we go out the left side of the house we will be on a nice warm Hawaii beach!!!

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                    • I think you have to be young to love winter. Old bones don’t like the cold and my feet don’t like the ice. Actually, Hawaii sounds JUST right. The weather here has been swinging wildly back and forth between extreme below zero temps and 50 degrees … sometimes in a matter of hours. Our bones don’t like the rapid changes either. And the dogs aren’t real happy about the cold … except the big furry dude who thinks snow drifts are a great place for a nap. Garry just toddled off to bed and I’m going to toddle off after him. Tomorrow is Monday again. This weekend sure did go quickly. I’m not ready. I never am. I need at least one more Sunday. Sleep well!

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  3. BEAUTIFUL and warming 🙂

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  4. WOW – beautiful capture of nature!

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  5. Wow, beautiful shot! The colors are especially lovely, and the placement of the bird is just right!

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    • Thank you! One must be grateful to color by God and seagull placement by … well … seagull. The birds were all over the beach that morning. It was breakfast for the birds and this big gull was kind enough to set down right where I needed him. Thank you Mr. Seagull 🙂

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  6. Beautiful photograph

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  7. Love the colors! Stunning photo!

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  8. What an absolutely stunning photo: touching and gorgeous. xxx

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    • Thanks. When you live on the east coast, if you want the glory, you have to get up really early. This was just about 5AM in early September. Pre equinox. Now, if I lived on the OTHER coast, I could sleep late and still catch the sunset 🙂

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  9. Pretty picture. Having relocated to San Francisco, I miss seeing the sunrise over the Atlantic. Of course, now I can see the sunset behind the Pacific. Equally as awe inspiring.

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    • I’m laughing because people keep asking me how you can tell it’s a sunrise not a sunset. I have to point out that it’s the Atlantic and that faces east. So by default, I have lots of sunrises and not many sunsets, at least not over water.I love San Francisco. If there was another city in the US in which I’d like to live, that’s it. Spent some time there on business and twice on vacation and loved it. And the weather is almost as weird as it is here … but without the snow and ice. Best food too. Dim sum to die for and architecture to brighten the heart of any photographer 🙂

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      • It was to escape the snow and ice that I came to San Francisco. The weather here can be weird, but today, January 5th, it’s sunny and will be in the mid-60s. It never gets hot; it never gets “really” cold (like back east). Sure, it gets foggy, but that mostly burns off by midday. And the food! Mm Mm Good.

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        • Yup. I loved it. Garry loved it too. Other than that nasty San Andreas fault, what’s not to love? Can’t afford it … it’s even more expensive than the east coast … but if I could get that magic thing and could choose where to be? That would be it.

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        • Yeah, it definitely is expensive here. There’s a lot in the local news about how all those Silicon Valley millionaires who want to live in “the city” (and no, I don’t mean San Jose) are making it unaffordable for the “average” person to live here. Is it more expensive than, say, New York or even Boston? Maybe. Maybe not.

          And as far as that nasty San Andreas fault, hey, it is what it is. At least there are no tornadoes, no hurricanes, no blizzards or nor’easters. No place is perfect, but San Francisco, in my humble opinion, comes pretty damn close.

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          • It is more expensive than anyplace except Beverly Hills. And the suburbs, such as they are (really, other nearby cities) are only nominally less costly. The populous areas of the west coast are more expensive than anywhere else in the country. There are cheap areas around L.A. but they are cheap for a reason. And it’s too hot there for my taste.

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    • And (I want to add) you can sleep late and STILL get the sunset whereas sunrise, you have to haul your butt out of bed before it’s light..

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