Life is always more interesting when you get to talking to people. We were walking along the beach in St Augustine, Florida when this guy appeared and started feeding the gulls. I snapped a couple of shots with the birds flocking around him and thought, that’s interesting and then proceeded to look for other subjects.
The next thing I knew, here comes the same guy, walking right up to me and he strikes up a conversation. Where are you from? He says. So, we told him and he proceeded to give us history lessons on St Augustine and nature lessons on the different types of gulls you see here and a short history of his life which turns out to be pretty interesting.
The really amazing thing about this is that my wife and I both saw this guy and were immediately reminded of our good friend, Jim Waters, who passed away just a couple of months ago.
He was just that great, quiet, free-spirit type of guy who would have been very much at home just wandering the beach and talking to people.
We sent a message to Jim’s wife Jan and she said it’s just another instance of Jim walking back into lives of his friends. I can’t agree more!
Florida Gulls on St Augustine Beach
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
18mm @ f7.1 – 1/200 sec – ISO 400