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Art by Barry Kent MacKay
This painting shows a species of gull that is very common in parts of
eastern Asia. I saw it in Japan. In fact, at the Kabushima Shrine at
Hachinohe, Aomori, Japan, there is a shrine in honour of the species, and
some 40,000 gulls nest there and in nearby areas, are fed by the tourists,
and celebrated as a tourist attraction. They also will, like other gulls,
follow fishing boats at sea. I saw them in Japan a number of years ago.
I found it charming and positive that the Japanese would set aside a
sanctuary for this species and even venerate it. I love that sort of thing,
so different from the constant demands I hear from people about wanting to
kill this or that species.
Copyright © Barry Kent MacKay
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