He did not know I was there until I spoke as I pressed the shutter.
The birds are probably two of the fulmars which nest on the neighbouring cliffs.
The purple flowers are those of knapweed (centaurea nigra). Tolerant of a wide range of soils, it is common throughout the British Isles and is very attractive to butterflies and bees. Goldfinch and other small birds are fond of its seeds.
This shot was taken 37 years ago near the mouth of the Dunglass burn, the border between the counties of East Lothian and Berwickshire. The path is now part of the John Muir Way and the North Sea Trail.
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batalay (40201) 2009-12-10 16:32
A wonderful shot from deep in your archives. I like the birdwatcher's expression, as well as his dog's leash looped around his wrist. It is an effective technique to frame the subject in the viewfinder before calling for his attention. Years ago while visiting Honduras, I was shadowing a National Geographic photographer who had his technique for shooting groups of children. After indicating to them that he was interested in taking their photograph, he would watch them patiently, course through various moods — anticipation, impatience... Then suddenly, when they saw them relax in frustration and disappointment, he would shoot multiple frames in rapid succession.
Have a good weekend,
saxo042 (37966) 2009-12-11 1:19
He looks indeed very surprised here, but you manage to catch the birds in your picture as well. Looks like a beautiful place and very pleasant colours in your capture here. Did you know this man? He must be pleased to find out he´s on TE after so many years!
sabermonajati (11383) 2009-12-11 1:39
nice smile you hunted from man.nice portrait.
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-12-11 7:26
Fine composition with nice colours
I like how you caught the moment and the smile
Have a nice weekend
mafegan (8624) 2009-12-14 3:44
A great photo from your past. Very clear. A good composition with the 2 birds (and your late husband) included. It is obvious he has been taken by surprise. Excellent links in your notes. Tfs, Marlene
Glint (6171) 2010-05-20 12:54
I managed to miss this one and yet its one of your best. Such an handsome man! and set against a wonderful bg.I like the way he turns to smile at you..now and forever.
roshangar (1682) 2011-03-17 5:11
You where in a right moment and right place, great light on his face, good and natural expression:)