Apr 5 2008

Jonathan captures a soaring seagull in a magnificent shot taken from a ferry off the San Juan Island of Washington State. Apart from the rest of the circling flock, the beauty of this majestic lone gull almost succeeds in belaying its reputation for being a scavenger and an unsavory predilection to gather in mobs to attack intruders.

One has to think of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull where in Act One Konstantin presents Nina a dead seagull as a gift. She is horrified; but when the writer, Trigorin, sees the dead bird he acts in the best tradition of a seagull - summarily acting as a scavenger himself by using the death as the impetus for a great short story. Like this seagull, Chekhov leaves us suspended in midair from act to act.