Ten days ago I spent 40 minutes photographing gulls, ducks and geese in a snow storm at a pond near where I live and had fun while I was doing it. The snowflakes landed on my face, hands and a few even landed on my eyelashes which made it hard to see at times as the snow blew in through the open window. The neoprene coat on my lens got wet, my camera body got damp and I think it was a good thing I had a paper towel to soak up the snow that melted on my gear. My polar fleece jacket was soaked and my jeans were too from sitting with the window open for 40 minutes, thankfully my fleece under layers kept me warm the whole time.
There were big, clumpy, wet fluffy snowflakes falling which is what I had hoped for because they show up better in images than smaller flakes do. I thought the image above was interesting because one of those large clumps of stuck-together snowflakes landed on this Ring-billed Gull’s head then it bounced up and crumbled and I was able to capture the snowflakes breaking apart in this close up.
People call gulls “garbage birds” and “flying rats” but I have never been able to wrap my head around their reasons for not liking them and I sure can’t understand why people would hate them. They are beautiful whether they are photographed under bright sunny skies, on a sandy beach, in a foggy lagoon or in the midst of a snow storm.
I’m glad I took these portraits of Ring-billed Gulls in a snow storm, they will remind me of a gray, cold, stormy January day when I was just crazy enough to sit and photograph birds as snowflakes fell from the sky.
Life is good.