Absolute Proof That the Universe is Friendly « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Absolute Proof That the Universe is Friendly

What’s Up?

It was clear in La Jolla on Tuesday morning for the first time since I got to San Diego. That meant no hummingbird photography in the morning as the sun would have been right in my face so I finished early at the low cliffs after getting some good stuff on adult Spotted Sandpiper and Whimbrel. Then I decided to take a nice long meditation walk. That’s when things got really exciting. Continue reading below for the whole story.

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Gatorland In-the Field Instructional Meet-Up

Join me in Kissimmee, FL as below, to photograph Great (with chicks in the nest) and Snowy Egrets in breeding plumage, Wood Stork, American Alligator (captive), and more. Tricolored Heron likely. We should get to make lots of head portraits of all the bird species and to photograph them building nests, displaying, copulating, and flying. Learn to see, find, and make the shot in cluttered settings. Learn exposure and how to handle WHITEs. Learn fill flash and flash as main light. All of the birds are free and wild.

This Weekend’s Schedule

Friday afternoon, 4pm till closing: $75
Saturday morning (early entry): 7:30 till 10am: $100. Lunch and Image Review: $75 additional.
Saturday afternoon till closing (late stay): $100.
Sunday morning (early entry): 7:30 till 10am: $100.

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This image was created at La Jolla, CA with the I-Phone 6+

Image #1: My New Friends …
Image copyright Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Absolute Proof That the Universe is Friendly

Just after I turned around on my meditation walk on Tuesday morning, I encountered a sweet couple on the curved seawall/breakwater at Children’s Pool. The husband was photographing the wife with his cell phone. As I walked by, I said. “Howdy” with a big smile. (More on that in a future blog post.) I asked them if they would like me to make a photograph of the two of them. When they said “yes,” I said, “Even though I make a living as a photographer, you need to show me how to photograph with a cell phone.” They did. After I created the image above, I suggested that I move in to make a tighter head and shoulders portrait. The wife had a lovely purple and pink patterned handbag so I suggested that she hold it up above her waist so I could include the whole thing in the photo. I was not making myself clear so I took the bag from her to demonstrate. As I did, I dropped the cell phone. It bounced once on the concrete path, hopped over the edge, and fell down onto the rocks below. The rock right near the wall was covered with Harbor Seals. The phone bounced its way down a series of steps and wound up in an inch of salt water. The casualties also included the man’s driver’s license and a folded $100 bill that had — unbeknownst to me — been with the cell phone.

“Here’s my business card,” I said, almost before the phone stopped tumbling, “I will pay for your new phone.”

The man said that that would not be necessary as I had been kind to offer to photograph them. His wife agreed and thanked me for being “so nice.” As the beach below is off limits to all but the seals, we managed to roust a very nice young lifeguard who hopped the fence in short order, climbed down, picked up the license, the $100 bill, and the cell phone, and climbed back up. Everyone was amazed when the man turned the phone back on and it worked just fine.

We chatted for a while and I learned that his name was Abdul, his wife, Yasmin, that they were originally from Fiji, and that they now lived near San Francisco. When I offered again to pay for a new phone he said that his contract was running out soon and that he needed a new one anyway. Then lots of hugs and we said our goodbyes with smiles and hugs all around.

Go figure.

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12 comments to Absolute Proof That the Universe is Friendly

  • avatar Abdul Mukhtar

    Thank you for writing such a beautiful blog. It is so heartwarming to
    read. It will be something that we will always remember and cherish. Thank you Artie

  • avatar Celeste

    Many times, I too have offered to help people out with their cell phone pix and they are truly grateful to have a shot with everyone included. I wholeheartedly agree with your comments!

  • I second the notion that you need to make sure you take your meds!

  • What an amazing story for Apple! They should buy your story and run it as an ad for their iPhone!

  • Interesting story. Plus they have a great photo, better than any selfie stick.Nice diagonals, placement, posing, and a flat horizon, etc.

  • avatar David Policansky

    Hi, Artie. Nice story; thanks for sharing.

  • avatar Kathy graff

    That is a great story, Artie, and an even greater experience!

  • avatar John Cullum

    What a great story!

  • Absolutely true Universe is friendly.
    Just goes to show when you are nice to people they will be nice to you ( In most cases this is true )

  • avatar Jackie Milburn

    I agree, if we talk more and interact more we’ll all find out that the Universe is Friendly. Thanks for sharing!

  • avatar Penelope

    This is clear proof that meditation messes with your brain, ruins coordination and leads to accidents…

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Penelope, I am not quite sure of that as my brain has long been messed up, I have been injuring myself in household accidents ,and my coordination and hand eye coordination has been getting worse for decades, all long before I started meditation practice 🙂