Seldom Seen


These photos were taken on December 6, 2019 at 9:15 AM.

The location was on the sidewalk next to a large upscale hotel about one block from the White House in Washington DC.

The "Take It!" was yet another easy decision to make as I cannot recall the last time I had seen a person taking the time to enjoy themselves with the feeding of pigeons with large handouts of a food they obviously liked very much.  

The fellow engaged in the above - was a taxi driver and had a bag of feed in the trunk of his cab which he drew from to feed the birds.  The morning had just warmed up enough for him to be comfortable in his hobby and business was slow enough to allow him to be still in the cab line long enough to put on the little buffet.

I had just parked across the street and observed him at his sport long enough to see him hand spread through tosses this bird food and watched the birds scramble in reaction.  He made about four tosses - then closed the bag and the trunk.  I have no idea on what the decision to stop was made - except that he closed the trunk lid and stepped back a few paces and watched the birds finish off his offering to them.  

For some reason - I decided to not go and quiz him - but to take on the role of observer and let it go at that.

His joy was unbeknownst to him being shared with me at the same time.

Here is hoping you too can watch joy in the making by someone else and draw satisfaction from the engagement.

Best wishes,



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Comments: 7
  • #1

    SF1967 (Sunday, 01 March 2020 18:24)

    This is definitely one of those “ahh the simple pleasures in life....,” moments.

  • #2

    Jim (Sunday, 01 March 2020 18:26)

    I remember taking my oldest daughter to feed the ducks at the pond near our house when she was a child. My youngest daughter has no interest in such things. The advancements in technology have shaped their interests very differently.

  • #3

    Sally (Sunday, 01 March 2020 18:27)

    It looks like he does this on a regular basis.

  • #4

    thatoneguy (Sunday, 01 March 2020 18:28)

    Reminds me of the crazy bird lady in Home Alone 2 lol

  • #5

    Teri (Sunday, 01 March 2020 18:28)

    Awww how sweet!!

  • #6

    Gabe (Sunday, 01 March 2020 18:29)

    I used to love feeding birds when I was a kid.

  • #7

    MHampy (Sunday, 01 March 2020 18:30)

    The title is very fitting. This is “seldom seen” these days.